|About the lecture and event: Dr. Vörös will provide an illustrated lecture outlining the past work of the Hungarian Machaerus Research Project from 2009 to 2012 as well as background about previous excavation campaigns at the site. This lecture celebrates the publication of Machaerus I. History, Archaeology and Architecture of the Fortified Herodian Royal Palace and City Overlooking the Dead Sea in Transjordan—Final Report of the Excavations and Surveys 1807–2012. This handsome and informative volume published by the Edizioni Terra Santa (Milan, Italy) is the genesis of this celebratory lecture. As photographs by Jane Taylor were used for the front and back covers of this book, ACOR has arranged a special exhibition of a selection of her wide array of images of Jordan. They will be on view (and for sale) at ACOR during the evening, and for the week that follows.
About the speaker: Dr. Vörös is an archaeologist and architect, who has been conducting excavations and surveys on the site of Mukawer, ancient Machaerus, since 2009 in conjunction with the Jordanian Department of Antiquities. His previous archaeological projects were in Egypt and Cyprus, where he served as the Director of the Hungarian Excavations since 1994. His Egyptological publications include excavation reports on the Thoth Hill Temple in Thebes, the seaside acropolises of Taposiris Magna (west of Alexandria), and Paphos (the Greco-Roman capital of Cyprus).
About the photographer: Jane Taylor first came to Jordan in 1978 and in 1989 made Amman her home. In that year she published High above Jordan which featured her first aerial photographs of Jordan. Now out of print, it has been superseded by her expanded collection of aerial images, Jordan: Images from the Air (2005), which is readily available. She has also written several books on Petra and her Petra and the Lost Kingdom of the Nabataeans (2001, revised 2007 and 2012) is highly regarded. All of these publications which include many of her photographs are available at ACOR.
Availability of Machaerus: Five copies of this book have been received from the Edizioni Terra Santa in Milan and will be on sale that evening on a first come first serve basis. The price of this book at ACOR is $160/JD114. This price reflects the high cost of shipping from Italy and is based on a special book launch rate for the book. The Edizioni Terra Santa list price is EU120/$163 without shipping. The publisher can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. The author kindly donated a copy to the ACOR Library where it can also be consulted and read.
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Dr. Barbara A. Porter, Director
American Center of Oriental Research