Competitive Archaeology was published by the University of Texas Press in January 2015

“New Sciences of Antiquity and Arab Modernity” by Dr. Elena Dodge Corbett

Ramses Was a Semite: New Sciences of Antiquity and Arab Modernity in the Late Ottoman World Dr. Elena Dodge Corbett Resident Director, Amman Study Center, Council on International Educational Exchange (CIEE) Wednesday 8 April 2015 at 6:00 pm Reception...

Remembering Wendy Botham – A Life that Lit Up Petra

Wendy Botham, a friend of ACOR and a dynamic presence in the Wadi Musa community near the Petra Archaeological Park, passed away on 25 September 2014 in Amman. Originally from Texas, she came to Jordan...

The Wadi Hafir Petroglyph Survey: Shedding New Light on Thamudic Inscriptions

This story initially appeared in the ACOR Newsletter, Summer 2014, Volume 26.1. To read the entire newsletter, or any of ACOR's previous newsletters, please visit the ACOR website. Wandering through the breathtaking scenery of the Hisma...

Firas Bqa’in: Archaeologist, Academic, and ACOR Administrator

Phone ACOR on a given workday, sometimes even long after the office has officially closed, and the call will likely be picked up by a cheerful man who helps visiting fellows and scholars arrange airport...
Early Islamic (Kufic) inscription dates 109 AH (AD 727/728) in Wadi Shireh (photo G.J. Corbett)

“Traces of Early Islam in Wadi Ramm” by Dr. Glenn J. Corbett and Firas...

Traces of Early Islam in Wadi Ramm: A Desert Mosque and Waystation from the Time of the Umayyads Dr. Glenn J. Corbett, ACOR Associate Director Firas Bqain, ACOR Administrator Wednesday 4 March 2015 at 6:00 pm Reception to Follow About...

Surviving a Middle East Blizzard, ACOR style

It’s 1 pm on February 18, 2015, and ACOR’s Chief Financial Officer, Nisreen Abu Al Shaikh, is pacing ACOR’s foyer, talking on a cellphone in Arabic. Behind her, a paper announcement reads that ACOR will...

A Passion for Petra’s Archaeology – An Interview with TWLCRM Alum Ahmad Hasanat

Ahmad Hasanat isn’t one for making career choices based on movies. “My main motivation wasn’t Indiana Jones,” he said, discussing his professional origin story over cups of fresh brewed tea, steaming against Petra’s cold January air....

TWLCRM Initiative Earns Top Honor

ACOR’s Temple of the Winged Lions Cultural Resource Management (TWLCRM) Initiative  received the Archaeological Institute of America’s 2015 award for Best Practices in Site Preservation in January of this year. Christopher Tuttle, Executive Director of the...
Aerial view of the excavation at Megiddo (2008, Megiddo Expedition)

“Egypt and the Levant in the Early Bronze Age” by Dr. Matthew J. Adams

Egypt and the Levant in the Early Bronze Age: Implications of a New Radiocarbon Chronology Dr. Matthew J. Adams Director of the W.F. Albright Institute of Archaeological Research in Jerusalem Tuesday 27 January 2015 at 6:00pm Reception to Follow About...

Mary Pancoast

Mary Pancoast, 2014–2015 CAORC Pre-Doctoral Fellow Mary Pancoast was a lawyer for civil and human rights programs in the U.S. and she worked with recent immigrants and immigrants with refugee status before returning to higher education...