Town of Nebo Archaeological Project


DSCN0754Project Director

Debra Foran is Assistant Professor in the Department of Archaeology and Heritage Studies at Wilfrid Laurier University. She earned her PhD in Near Eastern Archaeology from the University of Toronto in 2003, where her dissertation examined the existence of a Byzantine mosaic workshop in Madaba. Dr. Foran has worked with the Tell Madaba Archaeological Project since 1998. She became Assistant Director of the project in 2001 and Director in 2006. She has more than 20 years of field experience in the Middle East and has participated on numerous projects in Jordan, Syria, and Tunisia.




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Director, Khirbat al-Mukhayyat Community Based Archaeology Program (KMCBAP)

Jennifer Lewis is responsible for establishing and teaching community engagement associated with the Khirbat al-Mukhayyat Community Based Archaeology Program. She is working with members from the nearby village of Faysaliyah to identify local educational, interest, and capacity-building opportunities, as well as examine ethnographies associated with the site. Previously, she has worked as a square supervisor, and then field supervisor for the Tell Madaba Archaeological Project in 2006-2007. Jenny is a PhD candidate in the Department of Archaeology at Simon Fraser University (SFU), where she is examining “looting,” stewardship, and restoration of cultural heritage at Fort Apache—Theodore Roosevelt School, in White Mountain Apache lands, Arizona. She is a Fellow within the Intellectual Property Issues in Cultural Heritage ( and a member of the Indigenous Research Institute at SFU ( In Canada, Jenny is a Project Manager with Kleanza Consulting (, a small archaeological consulting firm with focus on heritage resource management, community engagement, education, and traditional use studies. Contact:


Logistics Manager

Mashoor Fsheikat has worked on archaeological projects in the Madaba region since 1996. In addition to managing the day-to-day activities of the Town of Nebo Archaeological Project, Mashoor also works for the Madaba Archaeological Museum.






DSCN0742Annlee Dolan received her B.A. in Archaeology from Wilfrid Laurier University, and her M.A. and Ph.D. in Syro-Palestinian Archaeology from the University of Toronto, with a minor in Northwest Semitic Epigraphy. Her most recent research has explored ancient ritualized feasting.  Dr. Dolan has more than 15 years of archaeological field experience in the Near East, mostly in Jordan.






13393923_752544593818_5183244947753031663_nSteven Edwards is a Ph.D. Candidate in the Department of Near and Middle Eastern Civilizations at the University of Toronto. His research explores the rise of territorial states in the Bronze Age and their impact on local socio-political developments. He has worked on a number of excavations and surveys in Jordan since 2004.






2017 Supervisors

Grant GinsonGrant Ginson just completed his 4th year as a student at Wilfrid Laurier University in a double major of Archaeology and Medieval Studies. His interests are broad and all archaeology bears some interest to him. This is his third season as part of the project, returning as a square supervisor after being a student in the first excavation season. He hopes to use the experience gained from TNAP to continue his education after graduating by pursuing a masters.








Lauren Mason

Lauren Mason just completed an Honours BA in Archaeology and History at Wilfrid Laurier University. This will be her fourth summer in Jordan, having participated in the 2014 and 2016 excavations, as well as a study season in 2015. This summer she is excited to return as a square supervisor. Her passion is osteology, and she hopes to pursue a degree and eventual career in either Bio Archaeology or Forensic Anthropology.






Célynne MathieuCélynne Mathieu is a recent graduate of the 2016 class of Wilfrid Laurier’s Ancient Mediterranean Studies program; she will continue in 2016/2017 for her MSt in Classical Archaeology at Corpus Christi College, Oxford. Célynne is excited to return to Jordan for her fourth season on the Khirbat al-Mukhayyat Archaeological Project in a more prominent leadership role as a square supervisor.








Ashley PalingAshley Paling just completed an Honours BA in Near Eastern and Classical Archaeology at Wilfrid Laurier University.  She participated in the inaugural season of the Town of Nebo Archaeological Project in 2014 and is returning this year as a square supervisor. She has three years of lab experience with the department and has taken a recent interest in the analysis of pottery after having worked with the Tell Madaba material in Dr. Foran’s lab.  She hopes to pursue further studies in Near Eastern cultures and ceramics analysis after graduation after this year.