Professor Donald Henry publishes new book

Friday, March 07, 2014

Sands of Time: Desert Neolithic Settlement of Ayn Abu Nukhayla details nine years of research in Jordan

Professor Donald Henry of the Anthropology Department has recently published a new book called, Sands of Time: Desert Neolithic Settlement of Ayn Abu Nukhayla that documents the nine years of research at the 9,500 year old site located in southern Jordan.  The research involved 23 collaborators from seven countries among whom were numerous TU students. Many of those receiving their MA in the TU Anthropology Program contributed to the volume as co-editor (Joseph Beaver), authors (Sean Bergin, Seiji Kadowaki, and Ashton Spatz) and co-authors (Colleen Bell, Jenni Gutzeit Mendez, Keith Mendez, Elizabeth Petersen, and Heather Rockwell) of its 19 chapters.  Several TU undergraduates were also involved in various aspects of analyzing the finds from the multi-year excavation.  These included Agatha Baluh, Ashley Brown, Danielle Davis, Elizabeth Mills, and Elyse Owens, all of whom completed their BA at TU and participated in the TURC Program.  A remarkable number of the students have gone on to gain distinction. Of the MA’s, five went on to PhD programs as did two of the undergraduates.  This group effort underscores the importance of research as a means of integrating and exciting students and faculty about those things of which they are intellectually curious.

Donald Henry