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Dibsi Faraj, Syria


In conjunction with Dumbarton Oaks

Director: Richard Harper

After a preliminary survey in 1971 by Professor George Mendenhall of the University's center for Near Eastern Studies, the Kelsey Museum in conjunction with Dumbarton Oaks in Washington, DC, undertook the excavation of the primarily late Roman-Byzantine-Islamic site at Dibsi Faraj, Syria. Because the site would be inundated in early 1974 through the construction of the dam at Raqqa on the Euphrates, archaeologists scheduled a spring and fall season for both 1972 and 1973. The expedition included members of the staff of Dumbarton Oaks, of the University of Michigan, and students of Classical Art and Archaeology who hold Ford Foundation Archaeological Traineeships.