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Sea Peoples and neo-Hittites — an ACOR Video Lecture by Dr. Timothy P. Harrison

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 May 2017 public lecture delivered by Dr. Timothy Harrison, Professor of Near Eastern Archaeology at the University of Toronto. Please note that …

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Vivian Laughlin, 2017—2018 Bikai Fellow

Ms. Vivian A. Laughlin is a Ph. D Candidate in the Institute of Archeology at Andrews University with a concentration in Ancient Near Eastern Archeology and Anthropology.  She is the Bikai fellow at ACOR for 2017-2018. Her field research, entitled “Serapis in Hisban: A Historical Narrative of Enculturation of an Ancient Jordanian City,” deals with …

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“Sea Peoples and neo-Hittites” an ACOR public lecture Tuesday 16 May 2017

Public Lecture Announcement Sea Peoples and neo-Hittites in the ‘Land of Palistin’  Timothy Harrison Professor of Near Eastern Archaeology at the University of Toronto & Visiting Professor at the American University of Beirut Tuesday 16 May 2017 at 6:00 p.m. Reception to Follow   About the lecture: Recent archaeological investigations and an expanding corpus of epigraphic …

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Producing Extra Virginity in Jordan

Brittany Barrineau, ACOR-CAORC pre-doctoral fellow for 2016–2017, writes below about her research into the social, political, and economic forces that are transforming Jordan’s traditional but rapidly evolving olive oil industry.  The olive harvest festival in Irbid included an outdoor opening ceremony with poetry, several speakers, two dance groups, a marching band, and a small speech …

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Heritage in Stone—Assessing the Geologic Stability of Jordan’s Rock Art

  Driving north from Azraq on Jordan’s Highway 5 and turning off onto a dirt track that gradually approaches the region’s looming volcanic mountains, one eventually comes to Wadi Hassan, a picturesque desert watercourse dotted with small seasonal pools. There, surrounded by towering columnar basalt cliffs, the visitor is greeted by an overwhelming sight. I’m …

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A Recipe for Public Archaeology in Cyprus – An ACOR Video Lecture by Dr. Andrew McCarthy

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 fifth video in the series, adapted from the February 2016 ACOR public lecture delivered by Dr. Andrew McCarthy, has two parts.  The first relates how the  Cyprus …

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New Research in Jerash – An ACOR Video lecture by Dr. Achim Lichtenberger and Dr. Rubina Raja

The ACOR Video Lecture Series provides stimulating and accessible discussions of new research into Jordan’s past and present, as presented by leading scholars and researchers working in Jordan and neighboring countries. This fourth video in the series, adapted from the March 2016 ACOR public lecture of archaeologists Dr. Achim Lichtenberger and Dr. Rubina Raja, focuses …

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Excavations at the Fortified Royal Palace of Machaerus — An ACOR Video Lecture by Archaeologist Győző Vörös

The ACOR Video Lecture Series provides stimulating and accessible discussions of new research into Jordan's past and present, as presented by leading scholars and researchers working in Jordan and neighboring countries. This third video in the series, adapted from the December 2015 ACOR public lecture of archaeologist Győző Vörös, outlines the work of the Hungarian …

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When Bread Is More than Just Bread

Toasty and plump from having just been baked, loaves of classic khubz ‘arabī—or Arabic pita bread—come off the bakery conveyor to be bagged and then sold by the kilogram to Amman’s residents. Bakeries lie at the center of communal life in Jordan’s cities and towns. They mark daily rhythms and movements in countless neighborhoods. The …

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