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

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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 on work done in the Northwest Quarter since 2011, with particular attention to new insights about Gerasa from the Roman period to the Mamluk period.

About the lecture

Since 2011, a Danish-German team has been conducting archaeological research in the Northwest Quarter of ancient Gerasa (modern Jerash). This area, which is the highest within the walled city, has yielded dense settlement stemming from the late Roman period onward. Furthermore, indications of earlier activity in the area have also come to light. This lecture was presented by the project co-directors and it focused on the work done in the Northwest Quarter since 2011, with particular attention to new insights about Gerasa from the Roman period to the Mamluk period.


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About the Lecturers

Achim Lichtenberger is professor of classical archaeology at Ruhr-University Bochum in Germany. He completed his Ph.D. at Tübingen University and his habilitation at Münster University. His research interests are the archaeology and material culture of the Graeco-Roman Near East, iconography, and numismatics. He is speaker of the Center for Mediterranean Studies at Bochum University.

Rubina Raja is professor of classical archaeology at Aarhus University, Denmark, and director of the Danish National Research Foundation’s Centre of Excellence for Urban Network Evolutions, based at Aarhus University. Her research interests are urban archaeology, architecture, iconography, high-definition archaeology, and material culture of the Mediterranean, in particular the Graeco-Roman Near East.

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