Umm Al-Biyara: Petra’s Not-So-Hidden Jewel

Petra has many things to offer visitors who come to explore its dramatic tomb facades and the many ancient temples and buildings situated along the city’s main colonnaded thoroughfare. Petra’s beauty and grandeur, however, can...

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...

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,...

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...

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...

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...
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