David Kennedy

Emeritus Professor, BA Manc., DPhil Oxf., FSA, FAHA

  • The University of Western Australia (M204), 35 Stirling Highway,

    6009 Perth


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Personal profile


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.

Funding overview

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.

Previous positions

Associate Professor, Boston University 1989 - 1990
Lecturer, University of Sheffield 1976 - 1989

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).

Teaching overview

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


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.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Research expertise keywords

  • Aerial archaeology
  • Roman army and frontiers
  • Roman history and archaeology
  • Roman Near East
  • Remote sensing (Google Earth)
  • Archaeology of the Middle East


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