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Meet Safa Rofu: From a Curious Youngster Living Near Busayra’s Archaeological Site to an Impressive Success Story

March 8, 2022 Busayra is a town in Al-Tafilah Governorate in southern Jordan, approximately 200 km from Amman. From its archaeological site, Busayra has a beautiful panoramic view over valleys and hills. This site was the administrative and political capital of the kingdom of Edom between 800 and 500 BCE, toward the end of the …

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The American Center of Research Supports the First Natural Science Museum in Southern Jordan

February 9, 2022 The American Center of Research supported the establishment of the Natural Science Museum at Al Hussein Bin Talal University’s College of Science. The goal was to create an educational tool for the university campus, targeting in particular students of the College of Science, as well as, in general, students from the university’s …

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Now Hiring: “Mosaics II” Author

13 January 2022 The American Center of Research, a nonprofit institution dedicated to advancing knowledge of Jordan and the region, past and present, seeks an Author for the production of a book regarding the mosaics of Jordan. In 1992, The Mosaics of Jordan by Michele Piccirillo was published in 383 pages with 824 illustrations. In …

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Now hiring: Project Co-Director (Remote)

15 November 2021 The American Center of Research, a nonprofit institution dedicated to advancing knowledge of Jordan past and present, seeks a Project Co-Director for its collaborative effort to help support and develop the division of the Department of Antiquities that addresses illicit smuggling and stolen antiquities. The position This is a four-month position for …

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ACOR at the MESA Annual Meeting 2021

Congratulations to all of the former ACOR fellows whose papers were accepted to the Annual Meeting of the Middle East Studies Association (MESA), to be held in Montréal, Québec, Canada, at the Palais des congrès October 28–31, 2021. In addition, a limited number of virtual sessions will convene later on December 2-3, 2021. ACOR board member …

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Lecture Series: Qusayr ‘Amra: The Pandora’s Box of Early Islamic Aesthetics

Tuesday, November 9, 2021, at 7:00 p.m. Amman local time / 12:00 (Noon) p.m. EDT Click Here to Register Since its discovery in 1897, the early Islamic bath house of Qusayr ‘Amra (Jordan; AD 730s) has been celebrated for its figural wall paintings, the meanings of which have been much debated. Following the spectacular discoveries …

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Remembering the life of S. Thomas Parker

14 September 2021 The S. Thomas Parker Memorial Fund: https://acorjordan.org/contributions-in-honor-of-s-thomas-parker/ Obituary: https://www.cremnc.com/obituary/samuel-parker-iii Prof. S. Thomas Parker, a giant in the field of classical archaeology and the archaeology of Jordan, passed away 12 September 2021. An ACOR trustee since 1987 and officer (second vice president) for twenty years (2001–2021), he had a deep commitment to our …

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Newsletter 33.1 (covering January–June 2021) Now Available Online!

12 September 2021 The next issue of our newsletter (33.1) is now available! Click here for the PDF. This volume features: “Archaeology in Amman,” a tour through the latest fieldwork at historic sites in the Jordanian capital Remembrances of the lives and legacies of Prof. Bert de Vries (director, 1988–1991, and trustee, 1995–2021) and Cesar Octavo …

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