Archaeology in the Attic — An ACOR Video Lecture by Dr. Glenn Corbett

The ACOR Video Lecture Series provides accessible discussions of new research into the past and present of Jordan and the broader Middle East and Eastern Mediterranean worlds. This video, adapted from the April 2017 public lecture delivered by ACOR Associate Director Dr. Glenn Corbett, introduces a special initiative by the ACOR Library to digitize, catalog, and make publicly available selected institutional and donated photographic collections that serve as a visual testament to Jordan’s extraordinary range of cultural heritage sites. 

About the Lecture:

Archaeological and cultural heritage sites in Jordan and the Middle East are under increasing threat from urban expansion, development, and, in the worst cases, deliberate, willful destruction. Now more than ever it is important to preserve and make available the photographs and images that document the region’s ever changing sites and landscapes. Thanks to new funding provided through the U.S. Department of Education and other organizations, the ACOR Library has initiated new archival efforts to digitize archival images.  The initiative currently focuses on specific collections, including the donated collections of esteemed photographers Jane Taylor and Rami Khouri, and the recently donated photo archive of the ‘Aqaba-Ma’an Archaeological and Epigraphic Survey (1980–1990) in Wadi Ramm, directed by the late William Jobling of the University of Sydney.

About the Lecturer:

Glenn J. Corbett is ACOR Associate Director and directs the Temple of the Winged Lions Cultural Resource Management (TWLCRM) Initiative in Petra. He received his Ph.D. in Near Eastern archaeology from the University of Chicago, where his research focused on the epigraphic and archaeological remains of pre-Islamic Arabia. With ACOR Librarian Carmen Ayoubi, he serves as project leader for the ACOR Library Photographic Archive project.

The subject matter of this video lecture was partially developed under a grant from the U.S. Department of Education. However, this subject matter does not necessarily represent the policy of the Department of Education, and you should not assume endorsement by the Federal Government.


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