“Petra North Ridge Mortuary Practices”
Pierre and Patricia Bikai Fellowship, 2022 – 2023
East Carolina University
McClean Pink is a graduate student in the Anthropology Master’s Program at East Carolina University, North Carolina concentrating on bioarchaeology under the supervision of Dr. Megan Perry. Her thesis will focus on artifacts recovered from Petra’s North Ridge by the Petra North Ridge Project during the 2012, 2014, and 2016 field seasons. Through her research she will explore Nabataean mortuary practices via the comparative analysis of the artifacts found in the 1st century BC and 1st century AD non-elite shaft tombs and residential areas. From this analysis an assemblage of artifacts will be created that are related solely to Nabataean mortuary activity as opposed to domestic use. This research will not only contribute to the understanding of mortuary behavior at the North Ridge of Petra, but also has the potential to further uncover Nabataean views on identity, death, and mourning.