Excavation and analysis of early Christian villages in the uplands of Jordan provides a picture of life during the first seven centuries of Christianity. Data collected from churches, wine presses, graves, tombs, skeletons, and artifacts paint a positive picture of rural life that contrasts sharply with the picture of poverty developed by historians studying documents from the nearby large roman/Byzantine cities. Jerry rose, an Emeritus Professor of anthropology, excavated early Christian villages in Jordan for 15 years and will use numerous illustrations of the excavations and materials studied to paint a positive picture of country Christian life east of the Jordan River. This course will be taught on the non-specialist level and be illustrated with exca-vation and analysis pictures throughout. Rose will utilize 15 years of experience directing excavations in Jordan.