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The Year of Living Dangerously

Dr. Linda K. Jacobs is an archaeologist, author, and founder of the Violet Jabara Charitable Trust, which is dedicated to improving the lives of people in developing countries in the Middle East and to fostering greater understanding of Middle Eastern culture in the United States. She has been a great friend and supporter through the …

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Why I Support ACOR – A Message from the ACOR Board President

Randolph (Randy) B. Old is the ACOR Board President. His essay below on what ACOR and Jordan have meant to him was originally published in the ACOR Newsletter 27.2 (Winter 2015). If you have stories to share about how ACOR has impacted your life, please let us know. In the early 1970s, when oil prices …

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An Archaeological Tour of Madaba

Personification of a Season from the Burnt Palace; photo by Mary Scott, from Madaba Cultural Heritage (1996). The Madaba Archaeological Park in the heart of Madaba was initiated in 1991 by the Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities, the American Center of Oriental Research (ACOR), and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). The park includes …

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Madaba – A Short History of a Vibrant Jordanian City

A view over modern Madaba. Photo courtesy of Jesus Diaz. Modern Madaba, 30 km southwest of Amman, continues an urban tradition that can be traced back at least 4,500 years. The ancient settlement, now mostly buried beneath the modern town, lies on a natural rise created by branches of the Wadi Madaba. On and around …

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The Petra Papyri—An Archive from Petra’s Byzantine Past

Aerial view of the Petra Church, excavated by ACOR in the early 1990s, where the famous Petra Papyri were discovered. Photo from ACOR archive. In the early 1990s, a Byzantine church on a hillside above the city center of Petra with beautiful mosaic floors was excavated by the American Center of Oriental Research (ACOR) in …

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ACOR Conservation Technician Naif Zaban and the ACOR Conservation Cooperative

Naif Zaban at the Jordan Museum during the installation of the fall 2010 special exhibit "The Umayyad Mosaics of the Dome of the Rock: A Closer Look," which included reproductions of an arcade spandrel created by the Mosaic Centre in Jericho. Photo by Barbara A. Porter. This story is adapted from the original article that …

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Come to Petra, Experience the Exhibition

Tourists interact with the exhibition at the new Petra Visitors’ Center, which began greeting visitors to the site in October 2014. Photo by Allison Mickel. It’s easy to be awed by Petra’s spectacular monuments, by the immense and elaborate buildings carved from the variegated sandstone. It’s easy to feel dwarfed while marveling at the immensity …

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Remembering Wendy Botham – A Life that Lit Up Petra

Wendy Botham at work at her desk at Petra Moon in Wadi Musa. (Photo courtesy of Petra Moon Tourism Services.) Wendy Botham, a friend of ACOR and a dynamic presence in the Wadi Musa community near the Petra Archaeological Park, passed away on 25 September 2014 in Amman. Originally from Texas, she came to Jordan …

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