Excavating House XVIII entryway

Join the Project Team

Running continuously since 1974, the Umm el-Jimal Project is highly active and there are numerous ways to get involved. For instance, one major initiative is supplementing and converting analog research data into a comprehensive, digital archive of work completed at the site. In addition, conservation planning and efforts are also underway by researchers and the Department of Antiquities of Jordan. Sustainable community development is a primary current focus for the project and its partners. See below for a variety of opportunities.


Scholars and graduate students—from a variety of disciplines—interested in collaborating with or becoming part of ongoing international research at Umm el-Jimal should contact the project director, Dr. Bert de Vries, directly at dvrb [at] calvin [dot] edu.


A variety of important research and archiving tasks are in process. If you have a commitment to careful archaeological research as part of an international team, send an email to project [at] ummeljimal [dot] org to see how your skills might fit.

Field School

The Umm el-Jimal Project periodically has conducted archaeological field schools in conjunction with Calvin College since 1977. See the Field Seasons page for details on the latest field research.


One of the project's major goals is to make its work available in Arabic and other languages. Scholars or others with relevant fluencies and interested in such a project are also highly encouraged to communicate with Prof. de Vries.

Pillars of support

Become a Core Supporter

Interested in making a lasting contribution to exciting and vital research and community projects at Umm el-Jimal? Share the vision for responsible, collaborative academic projects that also result in pragmatic, long-term community benefits? Please engage the project director (dvrb [at] calvin [dot] edu) directly to discuss how your gift can make a maximum impact. See the Credits page for a list of grants and support.