Archaeology

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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Firas Bqa’in: Archaeologist, Academic, and ACOR Administrator

Firas Bqa'in studies a Kufic inscription from an Umayyad era mosque in Wadi Ramm Phone ACOR on a given workday, sometimes even long after the office has officially closed, and the call will likely be picked up by a cheerful man who helps visiting fellows and scholars arrange airport taxis, book rooms, and extend their …

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A Passion for Petra’s Archaeology – An Interview with TWLCRM Alum Ahmad Hasanat

Former TWLCRM team member Ahmad Hasanat Ahmad Hasanat isn’t one for making career choices based on movies. “My main motivation wasn’t Indiana Jones,” he said, discussing his professional origin story over cups of fresh brewed tea, steaming against Petra’s cold January air. Instead, Hasanat’s reason for becoming an archaeologist was simple:  “I fell in love …

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Artistic rendering of the water system

“Pipe Dreams and Paradise: The Water System of the Petra Garde and Pool Complex” by Dr. Leigh-Ann Bedal

Pipe Dreams and Paradise: The Water System of the Petra Garden and Pool Complex Dr. Leigh-Ann Bedal ACOR-CAORC Fellow and Associate Professor of Anthropology at the Behrend College of the Pennsylvania State University Wednesday 29 October 2014 at 6:00pm Reception to Follow About the Lecture Visitors to Petra are characteristically amazed by its immense scale, …

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Inscripted block (lower right) as found in 'Ayn Gharandal gate area. Photo Darby 2013.

“A New Monumental Latin Inscription from ‘Ayn Gharandal” by Drs. Robert and Erin Darby

Words in the Sand: A New Monumental Latin Inscription from ‘Ayn Gharandal Dr. Robert Darby & Dr. Erin Darby University of Tennessee Tuesday 3 June 2014 at 6:00pm Reception to Follow About the Lecture On 17 June 2013, the ‘Ayn Gharandal Archaeological Project discovered a monumental imperial Latin inscription in the ruins of the Late …

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Aerial image of the Ad-Deir Monument, the Great Circles, and the ancient entrance to the Ad-Deir temenos behind the current store,taken in 2013 from 300 meters height by the GATEWING X100. Courtesy the Ad-Deir Monument and Plateau Project.

“The Ad-Deir Monument and Plateau in Petra” by Dr. Cynthia Finlayson

The Ad-Deir Monument and Plateau in Petra: UAV/Drone Mapping and New Theories Concerning Functions and Importance Dr. Cynthia Finlayson Associate Professor, Department of Anthropology, Brigham Young University Tuesday 29 April 2014 at 6:00pm Reception to Follow About the Lecture Dr. Finlayson is leading the Ad-Deir Monument and Plateau Project to map scientifically the Monastery at …

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Heinrich Wölfli arriving in Jerusalem in 1520. (Heinrich Wölflis Reise nach Jerusalem 1520/1521. Edited by Hans Bloesch. Bern: Die Schweizer Bibliophilen Gesellschaft, 1929).

“Western Christian Pilgrims to the Holy Land” by Dr. Robert Schick

Western Christian Pilgrims to the Holy Land in the Early Ottoman Period Dr. Robert Shick Independent Scholar, Author, and Ongoing ACOR Publication Fellow Wednesday 19 March 2014 at 6:00pm Reception to Follow About the Lecture This talk will examine the varied experiences of some Western Christian pilgrims who traveled to the Holy Land during the …

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Excavated pots from the Bad Adh-Dhra Tomb (photo Kersel)

“The Lives of Pots” by Dr. Morag Kersel

The Lives of Pots: Grave Goods, Excavated Artifacts, Looted Items, and Collected Objects from the Early Bronze Age Mortuary Sites on the Dead Sea Plain of Jordan Dr. Morag Kersel Assistant Professor in the Department of Anthropology at DePaul University, Chicago ACOR-CAORC Senior Fellow Wednesday 29 January 2014 at 6:00pm Reception to Follow About the …

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An example of signed rock art from Wadi Ramm. Photo G.J. Corbett.

“New Insights into Thamudic Inscriptions” by Dr. Glenn J. Corbett

Messages from the Desert: New Insights into Thamudic Inscriptions and Rock Drawings from Jordan’s Wadi Ramm Dr. Glenn J. Corbett Director of the Wadi Hafir Petroglyph Survey, Former ACOR NEH Fellow and Independent Scholar Wednesday 25 September at 6:00pm Reception to Follow About the Lecture Dr. Glenn J. Corbett will speak about the 2,000 year-old …

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Pella (Tabqat al Fahl); photo by Bob Miller

“From Village to Bishopric: Pella” by Dr. Stephen Bourke

From Village to Bishopric: Pella in Jordan 2013 Dr. Stephen Bourke Research Associate in Near Eastern Archaeology at Sydney University Tuesday 26 February 2013 at 6:00pm Reception to Follow About the Lecture This fully illustrated lecture will focus on recent discoveries at Pella, drawn mainly from the 2011 and 2013 field seasons. It will touch …

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