How Women Are Taking the Lead in Preserving Jordan’s Past

Jordan has one of the lowest rates of female labor force participation in the world. Women’s contribution to the Jordanian economy was roughly the same in 2014 as it was in 1996, a low 12.6...

What Lies Beneath—New Insights into Petra’s Temple of the Winged Lions

Rarely when archaeologists excavate do they set out to find nothing. But this was exactly the goal of the TWLCRM Initiative when the team recently began digging several small test trenches at the site. Our...

The Women of the TWLCRM

Since joining ACOR’s Board of Trustees in 2012, I have been fascinated by the Temple of the Winged Lions Cultural Resource Management (TWLCRM) Initiative’s focus on empowering local women in the Petra region. An award-winning,...

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...
Key attendees at the AFCP launch event included, from left to right, Eman Abdalsalam (TWLCRM team member and Sela president), Elena Ronza (TWLCRM co-director), Ragini Gupta (U.S. Embassy Public Affairs Officer), Dr. Emad Hijazeen (PAP Commissioner), Dr. Glenn J. Corbett (ACOR Associate Director and TWLCRM Co-Director), Alice G. Wells (U.S. Ambassador to Jordan), and Barbara A. Porter (ACOR Director). Photo by Eric Barbee, U.S. Embassy Press Officer.

Temple of the Winged Lions awarded renewal grant from Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation

On 13 September 2015, U.S. Ambassador to Jordan Alice G. Wells launched a grant awarded under the Department of State’s Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation (AFCP) to expand conservation of the Temple of the Winged Lions. ...

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...

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...

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...

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