If you made any changes in Pure these will be visible here soon.

Personal profile

Curriculum vitae

 

Education and degrees:

 

M.A.,             Warsaw University, Warsaw, Poland, 1980

Ph.D.,            University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT, USA, 1991

 

Past positions

  • Visiting Professor, Winckelmann-Institut, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Germany 2015
  • Research Fellow, Cluster of Excellence "TOPOI," Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin,        Germany 2013-2014
  • Teacher, Winckelmann-Institut, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Germany (1            semester appointment) 2013-2014
  • Mercator Visiting Professor, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Germany
  • Research Director, Finnish Jabal Haroun Project. University of Helsinki, Finland 2011-2012
  • Research Fellow, The Academy of Finland, Helsinki, Finland, 2006-2010
  • Research Fellow, The Academy of Finland, Helsinki, Finland, 2005 
  • Researcher and Teacher, Institutum Classicum, University of Helsinki, 2001-2005
  • Fulbright Visiting Professor, Institutum Classicum/ Department of Archaeology, 2000-2001
  • Chief Archaeologist, American Center of Oriental Research, Amman, Jordan, 1992-1997
  • Associate Instructor, Department of Anthropology, University of Utah, 1986-1991

 

Expert Assignments:

  •  Chief Archaeologist and Consultant. The Finnish Jabal Haroun Archaeological Project, Petra, Jordan, 1997-
  • Archaeological Field Director and Researcher. The American Center of Oriental Research, Amman, Jordan, 1992-1997.

 

Scholarships and Fellowships

  • Research Fellowship. Center of Excellence "TOPOI," Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin,  Germany, 2013-2014
  • Research Fellowship. LABEX, UMR 8167 Orient et Méditerranée, Université Paris IV,  Paris, France, 2012
  • Research Fellow. The Academy of Finland. Helsinki, Finland, 2005-2010
  • Fulbright Teaching/Research Fellowship, Helsinki University, Helsinki, Finland, 2000-2001
  • National Endowment for the Humanities / W. F.  Albright Institute of Archaeological Research Senior Fellowship, 2000
  • Dumbarton Oaks Fellowship in Byzantine Studies, 1998-1999.
  • Kershaw Lecturer in Archaeology for the American Institute of Archaeology Lecture Program., 1998-1999.
  • The National Endowment for the Humanities - American Center of Oriental Research, 1994-1995.
  • Senior Fellowship - US Information Agency - American Schools of Oriental Research, 1992.
  • Endowment for Biblical Research Research Grant. American Schools of Oriental Research, 1986
  • Fellowship of the Egyptian Ministry of High Education and Polish Archaeological Institute in Cairo, Egypt, 1981-1982.

 

 

Scientific Honors and Awards

 

  • Docent in Classical Archaeology, University of Helsinki, Finland, 2003
  • "Kh. Mostofi Award for the Outstanding Performance in the Area of Middle East Studies." University of Utah, Middle East Center, 1985.

 

Archaeological Fieldwork

  • Director. The al-'Ula–Red Sea Archaeological Survey. N.W. Saudi Arabia. The Saudi     Higher Council for Tourism and Antiquities–The Finnish Institute in the Middle East, 2013, 2016
  • Co-Director, The Northeastern Petra Project, Petra, Jordan. Humboldt University, Berlin, 2011-2016
  • Senior Archaeologist, The French-Saudi Archaeological Project in Madain Salih, Saudi Arabia. Centre National des Recherches Scientifiques, 2008-2012. 2014-2017
  • Chief Archaeologist, The Finnish Jabal Haroun Project, Petra, Jordan. University of Helsinki - The Academy of Finland, 1997-2005, 2007, 2011, 2013
  • Archaeologist, The University of Helsinki Pompeii Project (EPUH), Pompeii, Italy. University of Helsinki - The Academy of Finland, 2002-2005.
  • Archaeologist, The Saudi Project at Medain Salih (ancient Hegra), Saudi Arabia. Ministry of Education and Antiquities, 2003.
  • Field Director, Roman Street Project in Petra. American Center of Oriental Research - USAID Project in Petra, Jordan, 1997
  • Co-director, The Petra Church Project. American Center of Oriental Research - USAID Project in Petra, Jordan, 1992-1996
  • Principal investigator, Tuwaneh and the Via Nova Traiana Survey Project, Jordan, 1992.
  • Archaeologist, Fouilles d'Octodurus, Martigny, Switzerland (Recherches archéologiques cantonales de Valais), 1987, 1991.
  • Archaeologist, Kern River Project, Utah. Dames & Moore Co, 1991.
  • Field supervisor, Fouilles de Brig-Gamsen, Switzerland (Recherches archéologiques cantonales de Valais), 1988, 1989.
  • Field supervisor, Tell Safut Project, Jordan. Seton Hall University, 1989.
  • Surveyor and field supervisor, Arabia Petraea/Roman Road Project, Jordan, 1986, 1989.
  • Field supervisor, American Expedition to Petra, Jordan. University of Utah, 1985.
  • Surveyor, Archaeological Survey in the Canyonlands National Park, Utah.  Bureau of Land Management, 1983.
  • Archaeologist, Polish Archaeological Mission in Alexandria, Egypt, 1981-1982.
  • Surveyor,  Polish Archaeological Mission - Survey in the Jebel Druz, Syria, 1981.
  • Archaeologist, Polish Archaeological Mission in Palmyra, 1981
  • Area supervisor and pottery draftsman, Baq'ah Valley Project, Jordan. University Museum, University of Pennsylvania, 1981.
  • Excavator, Somerset Levels Project, Great Britain. Cambridge University, 1977.
  • Excavator, Mucking Excavations, Essex, Great Britain, 1976.

 

 

Conference  Contributions

2017              Harbours, Oases and Trade Routes. Or how the Red Sea Region is (mis)understood. Paper presented at the Intyernational Conference "Marginalized Sea: Indigenous Cultures and Trade Systems in the Red Sea," organized by the University of Copenhagen and the Danish Cultural Center in Rome, Italy

2017              Al-Quasyr and the Hijazi Trade Routes. Paper presented at the International Conference "Red Sea VIII,"  Warsaw, Poland.

2016              To Hegra by al-Qusayr. In Search of Ancient Trade Routes in NW Saudi Arabia.- Paper presented at the International Seminar "Arabian Communication Networks," Copenhagen, Denmark.

2016              The Memorial Church at the Monastery of St. Aaron near Petra, Jordan. Paper presented at the International Conference "The Ancient Churches in the Levant," ARAM / The Oriental Institute, Oxford, Great Britain.

2015              A Nabataean/Roman Military Camp at Hegra, Saudi Arabia. Paper presented at the XXIII International Limes Congress, Ingolstadt, Germany

2014              The al-'Ula–al-Wajh Survey Project, Saudi Arabia. Paper presented at the International  Conference "Networks and Interaction: The Red Sea Region in History and Archaeology." University of Bergen, Norway

2013              Documenting Nabataean Royal Residence: The Northeastern Petra Project. Paper presented at the 12th International Conference on Archaeology and History of Jordan, Berlin, Germany.

2012              The 363 Earthquake at Petra: Some New Considerations. Paper presented at the International Conference "La citta der Vicino Oriente nella tarda antichita. Da Diocleziano alla conquista araba." Potenza, Italy

2011              Reinventing the Sacred: The Change and Continuity at Jabal Haroun, Jordan. Paper presented at the Annual Seminar of Arabian Studies, British Museum, London, UK.

2010            From Shrine to Monastery: 1000 Years of Continuity and Change at Jabal Haroun. Paper presented at the International Conference on History and Archaeology of Jordan, Paris, France

2008            Between the West and the East: A View from the West. Paper presented at the Conference  “First Tükic Kaganate: Its Times and Significance,” organized by the Presidential Centre of Culture, Astana, Kazakhstan.

2006            Remarks on the Development and Significance of the Colonnaded Street in Petra, Jordan. Delivered at the International Colloquium “la Rue dans l’antiquité.”Poitiers, France.

2005            Byzantine Palestine: Prosperity Reassessed. Delivered at the International Conference “Insediamenti e demografia nel vicino oriente. Da Diocleziano alla conquista araba.” Matera, Italy.

2005            The Military in the Petra Papyri: A Summary. Delivered at the Internationl Conference “L’esercito romano tardo antico nel vicino oriente. Da Diocleziano alla conquista araba.” Potenza/Matera, Italy.

2004            The Comparative Observations on the Church at Jabal Haroun near Petra, Jordan. Delivered at the Annual Meeting of the American Schools of Oriental Research, San Antonio, TX, USA.

2004            The Byzantine Churches in Petra and at Jabal Haroun - Comparative Observations. Delivered at the 9th International Conference on Archaeology and History of Jordan, Petra-Wadi Musa, Jordan.

2001            St. Aaron Revisited: the Finnish Explorations at Jabal Harûn near Petra. Delivered at the 8th International Conference on Archaeology and History of Jordan, Sydney, Australia.

2000            Byzantine Military Presence in the Petra's  Countryside in the 6th Century - New Evidence. Delivered at the XVIII International Congress of Roman Frontier ("limes") Studies, Amman, Jordan.

1999            Byzantine Petra: A Reassessment. Delivered at the International Conference “Shifting Frontiers in Late Antiquity III:  Urban and Rural in Late Antiquity.” Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia.

1998            New Archaeological Evidence Concerning the Urban Development of Petra. Delivered at the Annual Meeting of the Archaeological Institute of America, Washington, DC.

1998            Petra’s Urban Center - New Archaeological Evidence. Delivered at the Annual Meeting of the American Schools of Oriental Research, Orlando, Florida.

1998            Remarks on the Urbanistic Development of the Petra’s Center in the Nabataean and Roman Times. Delivered at the 7th International Conference on Archaeology and History of Jordan, Copenhagen, Denmark.

1997            The Byzantine Urbanism at Petra - Decline or Transformation? Delivered at the International Workshop "Urbanism in Roman-Byzantine Palestine," sponsored by the Institute for Advanced Studies, Hebrew University, Jerusalem, Israel.

1997            New Research on Byzantine Petra. Delivered at the Conference "Petra and the Nabataeans," sponsored by the Department of Anthropology, Brigham Young University, Provo, USA.

1996            The Culture History of the Byzantine Ecclesiastical Complex in Petra, Jordan. Delivered at the XIX International Congress of Byzantine Studies, Copenhagen, Denmark.

1995            Tuwaneh - The Development and Decline of a Classical Town in Southern Jordan. Delivered at the 6th International Conference on Archaeology and History of Jordan, Torino, Italy.

1995            The Excavations of a Byzantine Church in Petra, Jordan. Delivered at the Annual Meeting of the Association of Finnish Classicists, Helsinki, Finland.

1994            The Petra Church Project 1993-94. The Excavations Outside the Church Proper. Delivered at the Annual Meeting of the American Schools of Oriental Research, Chicago.

1992            Military Architecture and "Defense" System in Roman-Byzantine Southern Jordan. A Critical Appraisal of Recent Interpretations. Delivered at the 5th International Conference on the Archaeology and History of Jordan, Irbid, Jordan.

1992            Nabataean and Palmyrene Commerce - The Mechanisms of Intensification. Delivered at the International Colloquium on Palmyra and the Silk Road, Tadmor, Syria.

1990            Arabia Petraea and the Islamic Conquest. Delivered at the Annual Meeting of the American Institute of Archaeology, San Francisco. 

1989            The Islamic Conquest of Southern Transjordan - A New Research Perspective. Delivered at the Annual Meeting of the American Schools of Oriental Research. Anaheim. 

1988            The Era of Bostra - A Reconsideration. Delivered at the XXXV Corso di Cultura sull'arte Ravennate e Bizantina - Colloquio Internazionale sul tema : La Siria araba da Roma a Bizantio. Ravenna, Italy

1987            Via Nova Traiana in Jordan - Some Historical Implications. Delivered at the Annual Meeting of the American Schools of Oriental Research. Boston.

1986            Observations on the Era of Bostra. Delivered at the Annual Meeting of the  American Schools of Oriental Research. Atlanta.

1984            The Sculptors, Masons and Architects - Remarks on Some Epigraphic Evidence from the East ( 1st-2nd century A.D.). Delivered at the Annual Meeting of the American Schools of Oriental Research. Chicago.

 

 Invited Foreign Lectures

2017              The al-'Ula – al-Wajh Survey Project. The Anatomy of an Archaeological Investigation. Delivered at the Seminar of Classical Archaeology, Institut d'art et d'archéologie, Université Paris I Pantheon-Sorbonne, Paris, France.

2014              The Finnish Explorations on the Mountain of Aaron near Petra. Delivered as a Guest Lecture at Institut für Archäologie und Kulturanthropologie, Abt. Christliche Archäologie, Universität Bonn, Bermany

2013              The Fading Glory: Petra in Late Antiquity. Delivered as the Munro Annual Lecture at the Department of Classics, Ancient History and Archaeology, University of Edinburgh, Great Britain.

2013              The Nabataean Basileia and the A.D. 363 Earthquake at Petra: Some New Considerations. Delivered as Guest Lecture at Late Antique and Byzantine Seminar, Corpus Christi College, Oxford, Great Britain.

2013              News from Ancient Hegra. Delivered as Guest Lecture at the Institute of Archaeology, Oxford University, Oxford, Great Britain.

2013              The Petra Church Project. Delivered as Guest Lecture at the Institute of Archaeology, Warsaw University, Poland

2013              The Finnish Explorations at Jabal Haroun, Jordan. Delivered as Guest Lecture at the Institute of Archaeology, Warsaw University, Poland

2012              From Shrine to Monastery: The Finnish Jabal Haroun Project. Delivered as Guest Lecture at Winckelmann-Institut, Humboldt Universität zu Berlin, Germany.

2012              Christian Archaeology at Petra, Jordan. Delivered as Guest Lecture at Christliche Archäologie und Kunstgeschichte Seminar, Friedrich-Alexander-Universität, Erlangen, Germany

2010            Ancient Hegra: The French-Saudi Archaeological Project at Medain Salih. Delivered as the Ian Browning Memorial Lecture for the Palestine Exploration Fund at the British Museum, London, Great Britain.

2010            Globalizing Ancient Arabia: The Backwater Imperialism? Delivered as a Guest Lecture at the Institute of Archaeology, Oxford University, Oxford, Great Britain.

2010            Ancient Hegra: The French-Saudi Archaeological Project in Medain Salih. Delivered as a Guest Lecture at the Sr. John's College, Oxford University, Oxford, Great Britain.

2008            The Finnish Jabal Haroun Project: Origins and Results. Delivered as a Guest Lecture at the Ioannou Centre for Classical and Byzantine Studies, Oxford University, Great Britain.

2008            The Development of the Colonnaded Street in Petra. Delivered as a Guest Lecture at the Institute of Archaeology, Oxford University, Great Britain.

2008            The Finnish Jabal Haroun Project: Origins and Results. Delivered as a Guest Lecture at the Palestine Exploration Fund/British Museum, London, Great Britain.

2005            Ancient Petra: from the Nabataean through the Early Islamic Period. Delivered as a Guest Lecture at the University of Manchester, Great Britain.

2005            The End of Petra. Delivered as a Guest Lecture at the Department of Archaeology, University of Newcastle, Great Britain.

2005            Late Antiquity at Petra. Delivered as a Guest Lecture at the University of York, Great Britain.

2005            The End of Petra. Delivered as a Guest Lecture at the British Museum, London, Great Britain.

2004            The Finnish Jabal Haroun Project. Delivered at the Institute of Art and Archaeology, Ecole Normale Superieure - Universite de Paris I, Paris, France.

2004            Byzantine Petra in Light of the Finnish Discoveries at Jabal Haroun. Delivered as a Guest Lecture at the British Museum, London, Great Britain.

2000            The Finnish Excavations at the Mountain of Aaron, Petra, Jordan. Delivered as a  Guest Lecture at École biblique et archéologique Francaise de Jérusalem, Israel.

1999            Byzantine Petra: A Reassessment. Delivered as a Guest Lecture at the Medieval Studies Program, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA.

1999            The Recent Archaeological Discoveries in Petra, Jordan. Delivered as a Guest Lecture at Dickinson College, Carlisle, PA.

1999            The Church, the Papyri and Petra in the Byzantine Period. Delivered at the Archaeological Institute of America Society at Washington, D.C.

1998            The Culture History of Petra. Delivered as a Guest Lecture at the Department of Classical Studies, University of Geneva, Switzerland.

1998            Between the East and the West - the Nabataeans. Delivered as a Guest Lecture at the Department of Classical Studies, University of Geneva, Switzerland.

1998            The Petra Church Project. Delivered as a Guest Lecture at Archaeologisches Seminar, Universität Basel, Switzerland.

1998            The Petra Papyri. Delivered as a Guest Lecture at Archaeologisches Seminar, Universität Basel, Switzerland.

1997            La decouverte des papyrus grecs byzantins a Petra. Delivered as a Guest Communication at the Institut de France, Academie des Inscriptions et Belles-Lettres, Paris, France.

1997            The Petra Church Project, 1992-1996. Delivered as a Guest Lecture at the Institute for the Bible and Archaeology, Ben Gurion University, Beersheva, Israel.

1997            New Research on Byzantine Petra. Delivered as a colloquium at the Center for Old World Archaeology and Art, Brown University, Providence, USA.

1996            Nowe Odkrycia Zwiazane z Bizantyjska Petra. Delivered as a Guest Lecture at the Institute of Archaeology, Jagiellonian University, Krakow, Poland.

1995            The Petra Church Project: The Discovery of the Church and the Papyri. Delivered as a Guest Lecture at the Institute for Advanced Studies - Institute of Archaeology, The Hebrew University, Jerusalem, Israel.

1995            Byzantine Petra. Delivered as a Guest Lecture at the Department of Archaeology, University of Glasgow, Glasgow, Great Britain.

1995            The Excavations of a Byzantine Church in Petra, Jordan. Delivered as a Guest Lecture at the Dept. of Anthropology and Archaeology, Yarmouk University, Irbid, Jordan.

Description of research and teaching

General: archaeology and culture history of the Eastern Mediterranean during the Classical and Byzantine Periods; Roman Empire, Late Antiquity;

Theoretical: complex societies, urbanism, ancient architecture, trade, economy and technology, archaeological method and theory;

Area: the Mediterranean, Middle East

Fields of Science

  • 615 History and Archaeology
  • Roman Empire
  • Late Antiquity
  • archaeological method and theory
  • ancient complex societies
  • Mediterranean Basin
  • Middle East

Publications 1985 2018

Le fort romain de Hégra

Translated title of the contribution: The Roman fort in HegraFiema, Z. T., 2018, In : Les Dossiers d'archéologie. 386, p. 70-71 2 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleProfessional

The Roman Military Camp in ancient Hegra

Fiema, Z. T. & Francois Villeneuve, 2018, LIMES XXIII: Proceedings of the 23rd International Limes Congress in Ingolstadt 2015 . Matesic, S. & Sommer, C. S. (eds.). Mainz: Nünnerich-Asmus Verlag, p. 679-688 10 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contributionScientificpeer-review

The Finnish Jabal Harun Project: An Assessment

Fiema, Z., 2017, Walking through Jordan: Essays in Honour of Burton MacDonald. Neeley, M., Clark, G. A. & Daviau, P. M. M. (eds.). Sheffield: Equinox Publishing, p. 97-112 16 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapterScientificpeer-review

The Military Presence in Petra during the Roman-Byzantine Period

Fiema, Z. T., 2017, The Socio-economic History and Material Culture of the Roman and Byzantine Near East: Essays in Honor of S. Thomas Parker. Ward, W. (ed.). Piscataway, NJ: Gorgias Press, p. 273-291 18 p. (Gorgias Studies in Classical and Late Antiquity; vol. 22).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapterScientificpeer-review

Basalt Millstones

Fiema, Z. T., 2016, Petra – the Mountain of Aaron II: The Finnish Archaeological Project in Jordan. Vol II. The Nabataean Sanctuary and the Byzantine Monastery. Fiema, Z. T., Frösén, J. & Holappa, M. (eds.). Helsinki: Societas Scientiarum Fennica, Vol. II. p. 380-386 7 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapterScientific

Projects 1997 2017

Archaeology (in the Department of Philosophy, History, Culture and Art Studies) (ARCH-HU)

Alenius, T. H., Alvik, R., Arima, H., Carpelan, C., Fiema, Z. T., Haggren, G., Hakulin, L., Halinen, P., Hamari, P., Harlin, E., Hertell, E., Holmqvist-Sipilä, E., Ikäheimo, J., Jalkanen-Mäkelä, M., Jansson, H., Jansson, J., Kankaanpää, J., Kirkinen, T., Kivimäki, S. (., Koivisto, S., Kouki, P., Kämäräinen, E., Lagerstedt, J., Lahelma, A., Laulumaa, V. A., Lavento, M., Lehtinen, L., Leimu, K., Leino, M., Maaranen, P., Mannermaa, K., Manninen, M. A., Mikkola, E., Mikkola, T., Mökkönen, T. O., Nissin, L. H., Niukkanen, M., Nordqvist, K., Nurminen, K., Perttola, W., Pesonen, P. A. P., Rankama, T., Rosendahl, U., Räihälä, O., Salminen, T., Salo, K. H., Seitsonen, O., Seppälä, S., Silvonen, S., Suha, M., Tallavaara, M., Tuovinen, T., Uino, P., Viitanen, E., Vajanto, K. & Wessman, A.

28/02/2011 → …

Project: Research Evaluation 2011

Petran Aaroninvuoren arkeologiset kaivaukset

Frösen, J., Fiema, Z. T., Lavento, M., Kouki, P., Haggrén, H., Danielli, C., Alander, J., Eklund, A., Eklund, S., Erving, A., Hamari, P., Heiska, N., Hertell, E., Hinkkanen, K., Holappa, M., Holmqvist-Sipilä, E., Huotari, M., Junnilainen, H., Juntunen, K. J., Koistinen, K., Kuisma, H., Lahelma, A., Latikka, J., Lehtinen, A., Lindblom, J., Miettunen, P. H., Mikkola, E., Mustonen, M., Pouta, S., Putkonen, V., Silvonen, S., Sipilä, J., Tenhunen, T., Vihonen, J., Whiting, M., Ynnilä, H. M., Zhu, L., Barjous, M., Gerber, Y., Holmgren, R., Keller, D., Schmid, S. & Studer, J.

01/01/199731/12/2017

Project: Research project

Activities 2004 2019

Presentation "Petra in late antiquity"

Zbigniew Tomasz Fiema (Speaker)
28 Mar 2019

Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk

Participation in the Saudi-French Archaeological Excavations at Madain Salih (ancient Hegra)

Zbigniew Tomasz Fiema (Participant)
21 Jan 201922 Feb 2019

Activity: Other activity typesTypes for other activities - Other

Humboldt University

Zbigniew Tomasz Fiema (Visiting researcher)
12 Oct 201810 Jan 2019

Activity: Visiting an external institution typesAcademic visit to other institution

Public Lecture "The Roman Fort in Madain Salih, Saudi Arabia"

Zbigniew Tomasz Fiema (Speaker)
17 Apr 2018

Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation

XXIV International Limes Congress, Viminacium

Zbigniew Tomasz Fiema (Speaker)
2 Sep 20189 Sep 2018

Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation