In Ancient Artifacts, A Newfound Passion

Jordan Karlis describes herself as an “incredibly shy” incoming student at NC State. That’s hard to imagine when you see the confident, articulate senior in this video. But listen as she describes how the archaeological dig she worked on in Petra, Jordan — the Petra North Ridge Project — changed her life. Take note of her enthusiasm for the research that has given her a window to the ancient past. Hear her describe what a privilege she finds it to work with pieces of pottery that are 2,000 years old — how connected she feels to the people who once used them. You understand the transformation this first-generation college student has undergone as she conducted research and studied abroad. She has found her passion.

Since she participated in the Petra dig in 2012, Karlis, who’s majoring in history and in anthropology, has been immersed in a research project related to the Petra artifacts under the mentorship of  Professor of History S. Thomas Parker. She returned to Amman, Jordan, in 2013 to present her research findings at an international conference.”For an undergraduate to give a paper at an international conference is quite a feather in anyone’s cap,” says Parker, who has served on archaeological expeditions in the Middle East for more than 30 years. “I’m really proud of her.”

The featured video was produced by NC State undergraduate students of COM 437, Advanced Digital Video, in 2014.

One response on “In Ancient Artifacts, A Newfound Passion

  1. Eric Peterson says:

    I happened onto your site while trying to pay my son tuition bill.
    As an engineering doing water projects in Jordan 2000-2002 I went to Petra several times including on 3 day hike in the mountains. I was active with the NE Center for Oriental Research. We also lived in Egypt 1984-88 and were active in the American Research Center there. If you get a chance go to Cairo & check Michael Jones at the center, a personal friend.

    When I was in Jordan they came across the elephant carvings in Petra that indicates significant Indian influence.
    Petra’s significance may be even greater because it is on the migration route taken by many tribes out of Saudi Arabia to the Greek and Roman world. It may even have been a route for the Hebrew people who may have come out of Mecca area. This is highly speculative but interesting to study.

    Understanding this migration route is very important to understanding the current middle east.

    Enjoy and have fun. Continue the hard work.
    Best to you all.

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