David Graf, Ph.D.
DIRECTOR OF THE JOINT SAUDI-AMERICAN JURASH PROECT AND THE HELLENISTIC PETRA PROJECT (JORDAN).
Professor David Graf received his Ph.D. from the University of Michigan. He is an ancient historian and archeologist specializing of the Greco-Roman world in the Levant and Arabia, Co-editor of the multi-volume Anchor Bible Dictionary (1992), he is the author of Rome and Its Arabian Frontier from the Nabataeans to the Saracens (1997) and more than 100 scholarly articles. He is currently directing excavations in the ancient Nabataean-Roman city center of Petra in Jordan and leading a consortium of universities is the first joint American-Saudi project at Jurash (Khamis Mushayt) in the SW 'Asir province of Saudi Arabia. This past year he was a NEH fellow in Amman, Jordan, where he was preparing 700 new Greek, Aramaic and North Arabian inscriptions for publication. His research includes the study of the aromatics trade in South Arabia, and the Silk Route between Syria and China. He is a Member of the Institute of Advanced Study in Princeton and a recent recipient of the Provost's Award for Scholarly Activity.