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Blog contributions from ACOR Fellows and invited contributors.

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An Anthropological Gaze at Art – An ACOR Video Lecture by Dr. Aseel Sawalha

The ACOR Video Lecture Series provides accessible discussions of new research into the past and present of Jordan and the broader Middle East and Eastern Mediterranean worlds.  This video, adapted from the October 2016 ACOR...

Between Past and Present at Bir Madhkur

Archaeologist and recent ACOR-CAORC Fellow Andrew M. Smith II writes below about his ongoing research at the important Nabataean-Roman site of Bir Madhkur in Jordan's Wadi Araba and how USAID SCHEP has been supporting efforts...

Life After Collapse: Water and Environment in the Late Neolithic of Southern Jordan

Recent ACOR-CAORC fellow and archaeologist Kathleen Bennallack writes below about her current research in southern Jordan. During the 2015–16 academic year, I spent more than six months at ACOR conducting dissertation research—learning stone tool types...
A group of SCHEP Scholars with H.R.H Princess Sumaya Bint Hassan (center) at ICHAJ 13. Photo by Dr. Barbara A. Porter.

ACOR Insights: September 2016

ACOR Insights: September 2016 USAID-SCHEP Brings New Voices to Jordan's ICHAJ Conference USAID-SCHEP awarded 15 scholarships to university students of archaeology, tourism and heritage, giving Jordanian students from across the country the opportunity to participate in an international...

Framing Jordan: The Country Inside and Outside the Camera

Recent ACOR-CAORC fellow George Potter writes about his current research into Jordanian films and the social geography of locations in Jordan and Palestine included in those films.  As I finish my research in Jordan, much of...

The Aftermath of ‘Ain Ghazal: What Happened after 7000 BC?

Long-time ACOR scholar, frequent ACOR fellow, and leading prehistorian Dr. Gary Rollefson writes below about his current research in the eastern desert of Jordan.  An ACOR Video Lecture by Dr. Rollefson expanding on this topic...

Heritage in Stone—Assessing the Geologic Stability of Jordan’s Rock Art

  Driving north from Azraq on Jordan’s Highway 5 and turning off onto a dirt track that gradually approaches the region’s looming volcanic mountains, one eventually comes to Wadi Hassan, a picturesque desert watercourse dotted with...
View of the Temple of the Winged Lions site within Petra. Since its inception, a major goal of the TWLCRM Initiative has been the stabilization of the temple complex’s southwest quadrant, particularly the large exposed rubble section (visible behind the arches near the bottom of the photo) that is in danger of collapse. Photo by Giuseppe Delmonaco.

ACOR Insights: April 2016

ACOR Insights: April 2016 New Insights into Petra's Temple of the Winged Lions An update on the progress of restoration and site management efforts at ACOR's flagship archaeology project in Petra, the Temple of the Winged Lions. The...

When Bread Is More than Just Bread

Bakeries lie at the center of communal life in Jordan’s cities and towns. They mark daily rhythms and movements in countless neighborhoods. The subsidized bread they dispense is crucial to the subsistence of many of...

Understanding the New Urban Geographies of the Syrian Conflict

Jordan is a rewarding place to be a geographer. To the south and east, deserts host an array of communities living close to tribal traditions, while the north is the very picture of settled agriculture,...
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