About AmiraZara

Hello Readers,

My name is Ashley Brown. I am a 2nd year undergraduate student at the University of Tulsa in Oklahoma. My majors are Anthropology and Psychology with minors in Spanish and Gender Studies. More specifically my main focus is on archaeology of the PPN (pre-pottery Neolithic) and Natufian culture of the near and middle eastern regions. Starting as a freshman at the University of Tulsa I began working as a research assistant under the archaeologist Dr. Donald O. Henry (University of Tulsa) on his archaeological site of Ayn Abū Nukhaylah located in Wadi Rum, Jordan. I conducted a thesis for about 9 months based on my analysis of lithic artifacts (blades) which were found in one of the pit-houses. I presented my work at a research conference affiliated with the University of Tulsa, University of Oklahoma, and various other local institutions.


This Summer 2013 I presented at an international conference at the University of Haifa in Israel called, “Bones and Identity: Reconstructing Social and Cultural Landscapes in the Archaeozoology of Southwest Asia” or ASWA. A PDF copy of the conference program, which includes all accepted abstracts can be found HERE. A summary of the research I presented can be found on my most recent blog post (CLICK HERE TO READ).  I plan to publish an article once further research is concluded, so be on the look out this winter 2013. After the conference I joined a team of excavators from the Pre Pottery Neolithic C (PPNC) site of Beisamoun, Israel for three weeks.

Beisamoun, Israel

Beisamoun, Israel

If you have any questions or would like to contact me, you can contact me by e-mail.

Thanks for reading and don’t forget to FOLLOW ME.

Ashley Brown

Me (Ashley Brown) excavating at the Pre Pottery Neolithic C (PPNC) site of Beisamoun, Israel in the summer of 2013

Me (Ashley Brown) excavating at the Pre Pottery Neolithic C (PPNC) site of Beisamoun, Israel in the summer of 2013

Me excavating at Beisamoun, Israel

Me (Ashley Brown) excavating at Beisamoun, Israel

Our tent may come falling down, but we refuse to stop excavating. (Ashley Brown, me on far right side).

Our tent may come falling down, but we refuse to stop excavating. (Ashley Brown, me on far right side).

Beisamoun excavation 2013

Beisamoun excavation 2013

Beisamoun excavation team 2013 at Kibbutz Gadot farm in Israel (I'm on the far left side).

Beisamoun excavation team 2013 at Kibbutz Gadot farm in Israel (I’m on the far left side).

Beisamoun excavation team 2013 at Kibbutz Gadot farm in Israel (I'm on the far left side).

Beisamoun excavation team 2013 at Kibbutz Gadot farm in Israel (I’m on the far left side).

Ayn Abu Nukhaylah site Reconstruction.


A blade cache I analyzed from the site of Ayn Abu Nukhaylah in Jordan.


Ashley Brown

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    I do like that camp reconstruction picture at the top, some of those tents look to have awfully modern, hi-tech waterproof material! Neolithic people must have slept in comfort.

    • Thank you, it always nice to hear all my hard work isn’t for nothing. The book should hopefully be published by the end of this academic year.. considering everything goes as planned. I may be the student slave in my department, but I am going to take any opportunity I can get. The reconstruction was done by my professor, so I take no credit for the comfortable living arrangement. ha.

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