Gary Rollefson

Gary Rollefson, ACOR-CAORC Postdoctoral Fellowship, 2023–2024

“Final Report on the Excavations at ‘Ain Ghazal, ‘Ain Ghazal, Excavation Reports Volume 1”

National Endowment for the Humanities Postdoctoral Research Fellowship

Whitman College

Gary Rollefson first arrived in Jordan in 1978, and in 1983, after three seasons of survey and excavations at ‘Ain al-Assad in South Azraq, he became principal investigator of Neolithic Ain Ghazal for 13 seasons in the 1980s and 1990s. Thereafter followed a change to prehistoric desert archaeology for three seasons at Ain Sawda, Bawwabat al-Ghazal in South Azraq in the Azraq Wetland Reserve, with three additional seasons in Wadi Rum, one season in Wadi Sirhan, and two in the Jafr Basin. In 2008, he became co-director with Yorke Rowan and Alexander Wasse for twelve field seasons of excavations of Late Neolithic sites in the Wadi al-Qattafi and at Wisad Pools. In 2024 he became co-director of a 5th– and 4th-millennium BCE project in Saudi Arabia. Rollefson retired from teaching in the 2015/2016 academic year, and he now lives in a small village in central Germany.

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