Professor David Kennedy
Classics and Ancient History
- Contact details
- Classics and Ancient History
The University of Western Australia (M204)
35 Stirling Highway
CRAWLEY WA 6009
- +61 8 6488 2150
- +61 8 6488 1069
- Personal homepage
- Room 1.28, Arts Building, Crawley campus
- BA Manc., DPhil Oxf., FSA, FAHA
- Prof. Kennedy is an archaeologist specialising in the Roman Near East. His particular areas of interest are Aerial Archaeology, ancient landscape studies and the Roman military.
- Key research
- The Aerial Photographic Archive for Archaeology in the Middle East is a project designed to investigate, document and photograph archaeological sites from over the greater Arabian area using remote sensing. This includes historical imagery and mapping, satellite imagery and aerial photography. The project is designed both to develop a methodology suited to the region and to illuminate settlement history in the Near East.
- An annual flying program over Jordan, the Aerial Archaeology in Jordan Project, has been carried out annually since 1997 and the modern digitisation of international collections and the increasing availability of satellite imagery using programs such as Google Earth and Bing are being utilised to study the wider region.
- Google Inside Search: David Kennedy Ancient Ruins
- Owen Jarus, ‘Visible Only from Above, Mystifying ‘Nazca Lines’ Discovered in MidEast’, LiveScience, 14 September 2011: http://www.livescience.com/16046-nazca-lines-wheels-google-earth.html
- Asher Moses, ‘Google Unearth: Aussie discovers new treasured form the past – from his office’, Sydney Morning Herald, 23 Sept 2011, http://www.smh.com.au/technology/technology-news/google-unearth-aussie-discovers-new-treasures-from-the-past--from-his-office-20110923-1kol7.html
- Dan Vergano, ‘Google Earth reveals ancient stories’, USA Today, 23 October 2011.
- Wendy Zuckerman, Feb. 2011, ‘Longing to be an archaeologist? Try Google Earth’, New Scientist, Vol. 209, Is. 2799: 14.
- Wendy Zuckerman, Sept. 2011, ‘Google Earth reveals Nazca-like structures in Arabia’, New Scientist: Life, 20.
- Selected Publications:
Kennedy, D.L. 2011, 'Recovering the Past from Above. Hibabiya: an early Islamic village in the Jordanian desert?' Arabian Archaeology and Epigraphy 22: pp. 253-260.
Kennedy, D.L. 2011, ''The Works of the Old Men' in Arabia: remote sensing in interior Arabia', Journal of Archaeological Science 38, pp. 3185-3202
Kennedy, D.L., Bishop, M.C. 2011, 'Google Earth and the Archaeology of Saudi Arabia. A case study from the Jeddah area', Journal of Archaeological Science 38, pp. 1284-1293.
Kennedy, D.L., Bewley, R. 2010, Archives and aerial imagery in Jordan: rescuing the archeology of Greater Amman from rapid urban sprawl in Landscapes Through the Lens: Aerial Photographs and Historic Environment, Oxbow Books , Oxford and Oakville
Kennedy, D.L., Bewley, R. 2009, 'Aerial Archaeology in Jordan', Antiquity, 83, 319, pp. 69-81
Kennedy, D.L. 2007, Gerasa and the Decapolis: A 'Virtual Island' in Northwest Jordan, Duckworth Debates in Archaeology, Gerald Duckworth & Co. Ltd., London, U.K Detail
Kennedy, D.L., Bewley, R. 2004, Ancient Jordan from the AirThe Council for British Research in the Levant, London Detail
Kennedy, D.L. 2000, The Roman Army in Jordan, British Academy Monographs in Archaeology, Council for British Research in the Levant/The British Academy, London Detail
Kennedy, D.L. 1998, The Twin Towns of Zeugma on the Euphrates. Rescue Work and Historical Studies, Journal of Roman Archaeology, Supplementary Series, Journal of Roman Archaeology, Portsmouth, Rhode Island, U.S.A. Detail
Kennedy, D.L. 1996, The Roman Army in the East, Journal of Roman Archaeology, Supplementary Series, Journal of Roman Archaeology, Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA Detail
For full publications list please see http://www.apaame.org/p/publications.html
- Funding received
- Winthrop Professor David Kennedy 2011, 'Aerial Archaeology in Jordan', Packard Humanities Institute.
Winthrop Professor David Kennedy 2010, 'Aerial Archaeology in Jordan - 2010', Packard Humanities Institute.
Winthrop Professor David Kennedy 2009, 'Aerial Archaeology in Jordan (2009)', Packard Humanities Institute.
Winthrop Professor David Kennedy 2008, 'Aerial Archaeology in Jordan', Packard Humanities Institute.
Winthrop Professor David Kennedy 2004, 'Jarash Town Survey, Jordan.', UWA Research Grants Scheme.
- Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries, London
Fellow of the Australian Academy of the Humanities
- Honours and awards
- David has twice been elected to Membership of The Institute for Advanced Study at Princeton and has also held a Stanley J. Seeger Fellowship in Hellenic Studies at Princeton University. In 2003 he was awarded a Centenary Medal by the Australian government.
- Previous positions
- Associate Professor, Boston University 1989 - 1990
Lecturer, University of Sheffield 1976 - 1989
- David has successfully supervised or jointly supervised a number of post-graduate students at the University of Western Australia, including (with year of graduation):
2010 PhD. Dr Lynch. Supervised by: Prof Kennedy, Prof Melville-Jones
2009 PhD. Dr Ottley. Supervised by: Prof Kennedy, Bosworth
2008 Masters. Mr Wright. Supervised by: Prof Kennedy, Prof Melville-Jones
2004 PhD. Dr Arends. Supervised by: Prof Kennedy
2004 PhD. Dr Drum. Supervised by: Prof Kennedy, E/Prof Bosworth
2002 Masters. Mr Gibb. Supervised by: Prof Kennedy, Prof Melville-Jones
1999 Masters. Ms Gabrieli. Supervised by: Prof Kennedy
1998 Masters. Ms Crowe. Supervised by: Prof Kennedy
1996 Masters. Mr Ross. Supervised by: Prof Kennedy
- Useful links
- New and noteworthy
- Over 15000 photographs from the latest flying season of the Aerial Archaeology in Jordan (AAJ) Project are now online at www.flickr.com/photos/apaame !
- Current projects
- Since 1997 David has conducted annual aerial reconnaissance over Jordan as part of the Aerial Archaeology in Jordan project (www.flickr.com/photos/apaame). His other projects have included the Jarash Hinterland Survey with Fiona Baker (2005-2011), a rescue project at the Classical city of Zeugma on the Euphrates (1993-2001) and currently the Aerial Photographic Archive for Archaeology in the Middle East (www.apaame.org).