Jordan’s Cultural Caretakers — SCHEP Launches “Site Steward” Program

Before joining ACOR’s Temple of the Winged Lions (TWL) project, Ahmad Mowasa thought little of the impressive ruins that surround his village of Umm Seyhoun near Petra. “Before, I did not care. I sold objects...

Georgetown Students Study Arabic in Jordan

For eight weeks in the summer of 2015, the ACOR Hostel was home to a group of 11 undergraduate students from Georgetown University while they pursued an intensive Arabic language study program  organized in coordination...

The Petra Papyri—An Archive from Petra’s Byzantine Past

In the early 1990s, a Byzantine church on a hillside above the city center of Petra with beautiful mosaic floors was excavated by the American Center of Oriental Research (ACOR) in Amman. In the process...

Jordan and the Administrative Legacy of the Umayyads

At the crossroads of numerous, sometimes overlapping and intersecting empires and civilizations, Jordan has become the final resting place for a dizzying array of historical and archaeological treasures. While dotted by the better-known and oft-studied...

ACOR Conservation Technician Naif Zaban and the ACOR Conservation Cooperative

This story is adapted from the original article that appeared in the ACOR Newsletter, Winter 2013, Volume 25.2. To read the entire newsletter, or any of ACOR’s previous newsletters, please visit the ACOR website. Naif Zaban,...

Faces of Jordan’s Archaeology – Zakariya Na’imat

From time to time, the ACOR Blog highlights the careers and accomplishments of notable Jordanians in the field of archaeology and cultural heritage management. Our most recent profile is of Zakariya Na’imat, a Jordanian archaeologist...

Tareq Ramadan

Tareq Ramadan, 2014–2015 CAORC Pre-Doctoral Fellow Tareq Ramadan is researching Umayyad-era coins, seals, weights, documents and other inscribed objects in Jordan. He is interested in reconstructing  the political and economic environment of the Umayyad culture in...

Craig Harvey

Craig Harvey, 2015–2016 Bikai Fellowship & Harrell Family Fellowship Craig Harvey is conducting research in Jordan in the summer of 2015 on ceramic building materials from a Roman fort at Humayma and from a Roman bath...

A Day in the Life of the TWLCRM Initiative

From February to May 2015, ACOR was fortunate to have the assistance of two student interns—Thomas Harr from George Washington University and Gregory Dgheim from Cornell University—from the Diplomacy and Policy Studies program of the...
A major goal of SCHEP is to support the development of trained local teams capable of implementing necessary interventions at archaeological sites around Jordan, such as this conservation unit shown working on ACOR’s Temple of the Winged Lions project in Petra. Photo by Ghaith al-Faqeer.

ACOR Insights: May 2015

ACOR Insights: May 2015 Introducing SCHEP: Sustainable Cultural Heritage through Engagement of Local Communities Project ACOR signed in November 2014 an agreement with USAID to implement the Sustainable Cultural Heritage through Engagement of Local Communities Project (SCHEP). Learn...