David Johnson

Current Courses

Anthr 215 (Introduction to Archaeology: Method and Theory)
Anthr 300 (Biological Anthropology)
Anthr 301 (Human Osteology)
Anthr 340 (Peoples of the Middle East)
Anthr 351 (Archaeology and the Bible)
Anthr 378 (Near Eastern Archaeology)
Anthr 580 (Near East Seminar)


PhD, University of Utah, 1986
MA, University of Utah, 1981
BA, University of Utah, 1972

Research Interest

The main focus of Dr. Johnson's research is on the cultures associated with the Red Sea area and their involvement in long distance trade from the earliest period through the Islamic Period. A more specific focus is on the effects of long distance trade contacts on religious ideology and social organization. He is currently the director of the Wadi Mataha Project in Petra, Jordan.

Selected Publications

2013 A Nabataean Chamber Tomb and Carved Block in Wadi Mataha, Petra, Jordan. In Studies on the Nabataean Culture: Refereed Proceedings of the International Conference on the Nabataean Culture. Vol 1. 119-127. Publications of the Deanship of Scientific Research, University of Jordan, Jordan.

McBride, J. H., Keach, R. W., Macfarlane, R. T., De Simone, G. F., Scarpati, C., Johnson, D. J., ... & Weight, R. W. R. (2009). Subsurface visualization using ground-penetrating radar for archaeological site preparation on the northern slope of Somma-Vesuvius: A Roman site, Pollena Trocchia, Italy. Il Quaternario, 22, 39-52.

Johnson, David J., MacDonald, J., & Harris, D. C. (2007). Five rock cut shaft tombs from Wadi Mataha. Annual of the Department of Antiquities,51.

el-Khouri, L., & Johnson, David J. (2005). A new Nabataean inscription from Wadi Mataha, Petra. Palestine Exploration Quarterly, 137(2), 169-174.

Johnson, David, Janetski, J., Chazan, M., Witcher, S., & Meadow, R. (1999). Preliminary report on Brigham Young University's first season of excavation and survey at Wadi Al-Matha, Petra, Jordan. Annual of the Department of Antiquities of Jordan, 43, 249-260.

Brown, S. K., Ball, T. B., Green, A. G., Johnson, David J., & Phillips, W. R. (1998). Planning research on Oman: The end of Lehi's trail.​ Journal of the Book of Mormon and Other Restoration Scripture, 7(1), 12-21.

Hammond, P. C., & Johnson, David J. (1994). American expedition to Petra: The 1990-1993 seasons. Annual of the Department of Antiquities of Jordan, 38, 333-344.

Johnson, David J. (1990). Nabataean Piriform Unguentaria. Aram Periodical, 2(1-2), 235-248. ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​