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Biblical Archaeology Review 48:2, Summer 2022

Milestone: S. Thomas Parker (1950–2021)

By Megan Perry

Thomas (Tom) Parker, renowned archaeologist of Roman Jordan, passed away suddenly on September 12, 2021, in Raleigh, North Carolina, at the age of 71. Tom had a long research career in Jordan, where he directed the Limes Arabicus and Roman Aqaba Projects and co-directed the Petra North Ridge Project. Tom was a steadfast advocate of archaeology in Jordan and had served on the board of the American Center of Research (ACOR) since 1987. His research profoundly changed the perception of Roman and Byzantine Jordan as a provincial backwater to a meaningful political and cultural frontier, highlighting the important resources the region provided not only for Roman and Byzantine administrations but also the diverse populations that lived along the Limes Arabicus. Tom’s extensive historical knowledge was coupled with his interest in using ceramics not only as a temporal indicator but also as a means for understanding local economies and trade. Over his career, Tom published more than a thousand articles, book chapters, and newsletter contributions, and he produced three major monographs (with three more forthcoming) on his archaeological research.—MEGAN PERRY

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