Troy University alumnus Daniel Lowrey has left a mark in the sands of Israel, and has been invited to be the zooarchaeologist for the premier archaeological site in Jordan.
Lowrey, a McCalla native who graduated in May with a bachelor’s in social sciences, was invited to present his findings at this year’s “The Roman Aqaba Project,” a professional development conference at North Carolina Sate University. After his presentation, he was asked to be the primary leader for animal bone analysis at the Petra site in Jordan.
He had presented findings of his analysis on bones collected from the Aila, Jordan archaeological site, and is writing the faunal reports to be included in the final publications of the now-closed site. The project, he said, began as a Chancellor’s Fellowship through the University’s College of Arts and Sciences (CAS). Fellowship recipients present the results of their research during the annual CAS Chancellor’s Research Symposium.
“Everything has worked out well,” Lowrey said. “We have good instructors at TROY and I couldn’t be more honored that they are trusting me with the zooarchaeology at Petra. The Chancellor’s Fellowship really demonstrated that I could be self-sufficient and produce something for the project.”
He will assume his duties in Jordan in May 2012, and anticipates spending about six weeks on the Petra dig. While there, he will conduct analysis on animal bones and, after returning to the United States, will conduct additional analysis and compile a findings report.
“When our undergraduate students are holding their own with doctoral students and professors in the field of zooarchaeology, it is a real tribute to some serious hard work on the part of the students and their professors,” said Dr. Hal Fulmer, Associate Provost for Undergraduate Studies. “An even bigger tribute is Daniel’s selection to be the main zooarchaeologist at the Petra site.”
He and fellow student Hilary Wikle of Ozark have previously participated in a Harvard University-led project in Askelon, Israel.
“To be offered this chance is extremely flattering,” Lowrey said. “It’s intimidating from time to time but I know my stuff and can hold my own.”
Lusk is a university relations coordinator.