He studied archaeology at the University of Jordan, and history of Islamic art and architecture at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, from where he holds his Ph. He was affiliated to the Department of Antiquities of Jordan for most of the period between 19, and was its Director General twice (1988––9).
He has carried out excavation work both inside and outside Jordan in sites such as Qasr al-Hallabat, Madaba, Carthage and Bahrain.
He is a member of the German Archaeological Institute and is the Deputy Director of the International Council of Museums for the Arab countries.
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Since Roderick ruled for only one year before he was killed in AH 92 / AD 711, this date provides a terminus post quem for construction of the monument. The panel is located on the western wall of the audience hall at Qusayr ‘Amra.
Almagro, M., et al, Qusayr 'Amra: Residencia y baños omeyas en el desierto de Jordania, Madrid, 1975, p.56; p.102; plates XVIa, XIX a-b; XXa-b.