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What Lies Beneath—New Insights into Petra’s Temple of the Winged Lions

View of the Temple of the Winged Lions site within Petra. Since its inception, a major goal of the TWLCRM Initiative has been the stabilization of the temple complex's southwest quadrant, particularly the large exposed rubble section (visible behind the arches near the bottom of the photo) that is in danger of collapse. Photo by …

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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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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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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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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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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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