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The Women of the TWLCRM

ACOR Board Member Anne Dunn (left) with TWLCRM team members and cooperative leaders (from left) Ageleh Jmeidi, Jawar Jdeilat, and Khatima Jdeilat in May 2013. Above Ageleh is Khatima’s daughter, Fadia. Since joining ACOR’s Board of Trustees in 2012, I have been fascinated by the Temple of the Winged Lions Cultural Resource Management (TWLCRM) Initiative’s …

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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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Jordan’s Cultural Caretakers — SCHEP Launches “Site Steward” Program

The participants and organizers of the first SCHEP site steward workshop. Back row, left to right: Ragheb Fityan (SCHEP M&E Specialist), Mohammad al-Saideen (Bi’r Mathkour), Bilal al-Deghemat (Ghor al-Safi), Erin Addison (SCHEP CHR Projects Lead), Abdelrahman al-Nasarat (CHR Projects Lead Assistant), Huda Kilani (SCHEP Capacity Building Lead), Muaffaq al-Masaeed (Umm al-Jimal), Safa’ al-Rfooh (Busayra), Glenn …

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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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Jordan and the Administrative Legacy of the Umayyads

The Umayyad desert complex of Qusayra ‘Amra, one of Jordan’s famous “desert castles” (qusur), dated to the eighth century CE. Photo by Tareq Ramdan At the crossroads of numerous, sometimes overlapping and intersecting empires and civilizations, Jordan has become the final resting place for a dizzying array of historical and archaeological treasures. While dotted by …

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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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Faces of Jordan’s Archaeology – Zakariya Na’imat

A fixture of ACOR and the ACOR Library through the years, Jordanian archaeologist Zakariya Na’imat is now working to complete a Ph.D. in Islamic Archaeology at the University of Bonn. Photo by Barbara Porter. From time to time, the ACOR Blog highlights the careers and accomplishments of notable Jordanians in the field of archaeology and …

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