Mission Statement

ACOR – To advance knowledge of Jordan past and present

The American Center of Oriental Research (ACOR) in Amman, Jordan was founded in 1968. ACOR promotes study, teaching, and increased knowledge of ancient and Middle Eastern studies with Jordan as a focus. ACOR’s permanent headquarters opened in 1986 near the University of Jordan. ACOR’s dedication to this mission appears in all of its activities.

  • To provide a large library and residential and hostel facilities, creating a stimulating environment for researchers.
  • To offer fellowships and scholarships to faculty and students.
  • To connect foreign scholars pursuing research with Jordanian academic and government institutions.
  • To sponsor public lectures mainly on archaeology and other outreach programs.
  • To publish books and newsletters.
  • To facilitate teaching and training programs.
  • To assist archaeological field projects in Jordan.
  • To undertake cultural research management and conservation initiatives as well as excavation and documentation projects.

ACOR is a private nonprofit academic organization registered with the government of Jordan and also tax exempt in the United States as a 501(c)(3) organization as determined by the United States Internal Revenue Service. ACOR is supported by grants, contributions from foundations, corporations, and individuals as well as by ACOR endowments and funds generated by the Amman operations.

(As adopted by the ACOR Board of Trustees in 2011.)