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Exploring the tourism development landscape in Aqaba

Kimberly Cavanagh was a Fulbright Scholar (2019–2020) residing at ACOR while undertaking research to complete her book manuscript exploring tourism development in Aqaba, with the working title “Shifting Landscapes: The Social and Economic Development of Aqaba, A Red Sea City.” Dr. Cavanagh is an Associate Professor of Anthropology at the University of South Carolina Beaufort …

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The ACOR Photo Archive: Mobilizing Digital Tools to Preserve Visual Heritage

ACOR Proudly Presents: “The ACOR Photo Archive: Mobilizing Digital Tools to Preserve Visual Heritage” An ACOR Public Lecture by Dr. Jack Green and Jessica Holland on February 11, 2020 About the Lecture The ACOR Photo Archive contains rich collections of tens of thousands of photographs, but its reach also extends far beyond the images themselves. …

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Religious Change in Southern Jordan in the Byzantine and Islamic Periods

ACOR Proudly Presents: “Religious Change in Southern Jordan in the Byzantine and Islamic Periods” An ACOR Public Lecture by Dr. Robert Schick on December 10, 2019 About the Lecture: In the first centuries AD, everybody in the area of Jordan south of the Wadi Mujib were devotees of some Nabataean or Roman religion or another. …

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The Archaeology of Olive Oil: New Excavations at Khirbet Ghozlan in the Wadi Ar-Rayyan

ACOR Proudly Presents: “The Archaeology of Olive Oil: New Excavations at Khirbet Ghozlan in the Wadi Ar-Rayyan” A public lecture at ACOR delivered by Dr. James Fraser on October 30, 2019 About the Lecture: In the mid 3rd millennium BCE, people abandoned their fortified “urban” settlements and dispersed across the countryside into small village sites. …

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Piecing Together the Wall Paintings from Humayma

Craig A. Harvey is the recipient of a Kenneth W. Russell Fellowship (Summer 2019). He is a PhD candidate in Classical Art and Archaeology at the University of Michigan. Through this fellowship, Craig participated in a study season in Jordan alongside team members of the Humayma Excavation Project. When visiting the archaeological sites of southern …

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Kimberly Katz, ACOR-CAORC Post-Doctoral Fellow Summer 2019

Kimberly Katz is an ACOR-CAORC post-doctoral fellow for summer 2019 and Professor of Middle East History at Towson University in Maryland. Her current research interests focus on legal history in Jordan and the West Bank. She is analyzing the transition from the British Mandate-era Penal Code to the Jordanian Penal Code that followed the Unification …

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Bridget Guarasci, NEH Fellow, Spring 2019

Bridget Guarasci is an Assistant Professor of Anthropology at Franklin & Marshall College in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. She is an NEH (National Endowment for the Humanities) Fellow at ACOR for spring 2019. During her fellowship Dr. Guarasci is completing a book manuscript on the wartime restoration of Iraq’s marshes, preliminarily titled Warzone Ecologies: Iraq’s Marshes on …

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From Virginia to the Dead Sea: Lieutenant William Francis Lynch and the 21st Century

In preparation for ACOR’s 50th Anniversary and twenty-five years after I first ‘discovered’ Lieutenant Lynch, I finally visited him. Commodore Lynch rests, posthumously, in Baltimore’s famous Greenmount Cemetery, less than ten miles from my home in Baltimore. His gravestone attests to his command of the Dead Sea Expedition of 1848, bears the name of his …

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Continuity and change in mortuary customs: the Jordan Valley in the second and first millennia BC

The ACOR Video Lecture Series provides accessible discussions of new research into the past and present of Jordan and the broader Middle East and Eastern Mediterranean worlds. This video was adapted from the April 2018 public lecture delivered at ACOR by Dr. Jack Green, ACOR Associate Director.  Dr. Green’s recent research and publication focus is …

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