Why I Support ACOR – A Message from the ACOR Board President

Randolph (Randy) B. Old is the ACOR Board President. His essay below on what ACOR and Jordan have meant to him was originally published in the ACOR Newsletter 27.2 (Winter 2015). If you have stories...

An Archaeological Tour of Madaba

The Madaba Archaeological Park in the heart of Madaba was initiated in 1991 by the Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities, the American Center of Oriental Research (ACOR), and the United States Agency for International Development...

Madaba – A Short History of a Vibrant Jordanian City

Modern Madaba, 30 km southwest of Amman, continues an urban tradition that can be traced back at least 4,500 years. The ancient settlement, now mostly buried beneath the modern town, lies on a natural rise...

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...

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,...

Come to Petra, Experience the Exhibition

It’s easy to be awed by Petra’s spectacular monuments, by the immense and elaborate buildings carved from the variegated sandstone. It’s easy to feel dwarfed while marveling at the immensity of the towering monuments all...

Restoring Amman’s Great Roman Temple

The Roman temple on the Citadel (Jabal al-Qal’a) in Amman is popularly known as the Temple of Hercules. There is no conclusive evidence that it was dedicated to Hercules, but it is securely dated by...

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...

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