“Sugar, Safi and SCHEP” by Dr. Konstantinos Politis

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Sugar, Safi, and SCHEP
An Industrial Archaeology Project in Jordan

Sugarcane factory in Ghor es-Safi, photo K. Politis
Sugarcane factory in Ghor es-Safi, photo K. Politis

Dr. Konstantinos Politis
Hellenic Society for Near Eastern Studies & ACOR-USAID-SCHEP Grantee

Rescheduled due to snow; new date:
Wednesday 3 February 2016
6:00 pm @ ACOR
Reception to Follow.

The USAID Sustainable Cultural Heritage through Engagement of Local Communities Project (SCHEP) invites you to a public lecture on Wednesday 3 February 2016 at 6 pm at ACOR in Amman. Sugar, Safi and SCHEP: An Industrial Archaeology Project in Jordan will be presented by Dr. Konstantinos Politis of the Hellenic Society for Near Eastern Studies and arecent SCHEP grantee.

About the Lecture:

Dr. Politis has worked in the region of Ghor es-Safi for more than 30 years and brings his love of this dynamic area and its history to bear in a lecture that will be based on research prepared for his new book (see below) on the sugar industry in medieval times. He will give particular emphasis to the current SCHEP-supported work that is being implemented in Ghor es-Safi.

About the Lecturer:

Konstantinos Politis is an archaeologist educated in Greece, the United States, Belgium and Britain. From 1988 until 2011 he was based at the British Museum which was the principal sponsor of his excavations in Jordan and Oman. He specializes in the early Byzantine and early Islamic periods.
From 2012 to 2015 Dr. Politis conducted research on the origins of the sugar industry. The results of this work, which was funded by the European Union, was presented during an international conference, in a travelling exhibition, on an exclusive website (www.sugarorigins.org) and in his new book The Origins of the Sugar Industry and the Transmission of Ancient Greek and Medieval Arab Science and Technology from the Near East to Europe.
As Chairperson of the Hellenic Society for Near Eastern Studies, Dr. Politis directed several archaeological, museum and site management projects for the Jordanian, Syrian and Omani governments, as well as for UNESCO and USAID. He has also organized an exhibition on the history of industry in modern Greece for a planned museum.

About USAID-SCHEP

USAID Sustainable Cultural Heritage through Engagement of Local Communities Project (SCHEP) is a 4-year project implemented by the American Center of Oriental Research (ACOR) supporting the sustainable preservation, management and promotion of cultural heritage resources in Jordan though community engagement in site development projects.

DISCLAIMER: The author’s views expressed during this event do not necessarily reflect the views of the United States Agency for International Development or the United States Government.