Dr Marlena Whiting is an archaeologist with extensive field experience in Jordan and Syria. In 2013 she completed her DPhil on travel infrastructure and communication networks in the late antique Levant (AD 300–700), and since 2014 has been working on the Manar al-Athar online image database of archaeological heritage in the Near East and North Africa. She has published on pilgrimage and gender in late antique society, and is also interested in the conversion of religious space in Late Antiquity.
As a Knowledge Exchange Fellow, Marlena has been working with UNESCO's Amman office on a plan for site consolidation and preservation of the Nabataean temple complex at Khirbet et-Tannur, Jordan, and preparation of educational material. This formed part of a strategy of developing this archaeological heritage in order to both preserve the site and invest sustainably in the local community by providing long-term employment and training opportunities in the region.