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Research Associate (Assistant Professor), Islamic Archaeology
Oriental Institute, The University of Chicago
Donald Whitcomb is an archaeologist at the Oriental Institute of the University of Chicago specialized in Islamic Archaeology. His research began in Iran, with the sites of Istakhr and Qasr-i Abu Nasr. He has directed excavations at Quseir al-Qadim, on the Egyptian coast of the Red Sea, on the medieval mound at Luxor, and the port of Aqaba in Jordan. Most recently he has begun excavations at Khirbet al-Mafjar, near Jericho. He is interested in the origins of the Islamic city and, by extension, urban planning and social organization. More generally he works toward the development of the field of Islamic Archaeology.