November 7, 2018: ACOR & USAID SCHEP Lecture on the Ghawr as-Sāfī Project


    The 2018 ACOR Lecture Series Presents: 

    The Origins of the Sugar Industry in Jordan: Latest results of the Ghawr aṣ-Ṣāfī Project

    An ACOR & USAID SCHEP Lecture

    By Konstantinos D. Politis

    The sugar factory at Ghawr as-Safi (photo courtesy of USAID SCHEP)

    Wednesday, November 7, 2018, 6 pm at ACOR

    Reception to Follow

    About the Lecture:

    The Ghawr aṣ-Ṣāfī project, which began in 1997, conducted its final fieldwork season in 2018. Alongside preparations of final reports for the project, the last two years of work at the site have produced fabulous results, particularly at the Maṣna‘ as-Sukkar (sugar factory) dated to the 12th to 15th century. This lecture will focus on new discoveries not yet shown to the public, and presents conclusions on the origins of the sugar industry, particularly in Jordan. There will also be an update on recent work supported by USAID Sustainable Cultural Heritage Through Engagement of Local Communities Project (SCHEP), including development of the site for tourism, educational awareness, and the local community.

    The Ghawr aṣ-Ṣāfī project is supported by the USAID SCHEP, implemented by ACOR, the Archaeological Institute of America and Hilton Worldwide, and the Al-Hima Foundation.

    About the Lecturer:

    Konstaninos D. Politis (also known as Dino), is an archaeologist educated in Greece, the U.S., Belgium, and Britain. Specialized in the Byzantine and early Islamic periods, Dino was based at the British Museum (1988–2011) and most recently at the University of Athens. He is currently working on the publication of Khirbet Qazone, Jordan. Dino is author of many publications, including The Sanctuary of Lot at Deir ‘Ain ‘Abata in Jordan (2012). He has worked with Jordanian and Greek governments to conserve and shelter the Monastery of St. Lot and to develop the Museum at the Lowest Place on Earth at the Dead Sea. Dino’s seminal research on ‘The Origins of the Sugar Industry,’ supported by the European Union, has resulted in a book and exhibition. To find out more, also see Dino’s ACOR lecture on the sugar industry from March 2016:

    Other Announcements:

    Applications for ACOR Fellowships for the 2019–2020 academic year are now open!

    We offer a variety of fellowships to researchers at all stages of their careers, including:

    • ACOR-CAORC Pre-Doctoral Fellowships (multiple awards for 2 to 6 months)
    • ACOR-CAORC Post-Doctoral Fellowships (multiple awards for 2 to 6 months)
    • NEH Fellowship for a PhD holder (one award for 6 months)
    • Additional funding opportunities for the Jordanian and international students!   

    Deadlines for the above awards are in February 2019.

    For full details, visit

    Call for Proposals: 2019 Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation, Small & Large Grants

    The U.S. Embassy in Amman is pleased to announce a call for proposals for the 2019 Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation (AFCP). The Fund was established by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs in 2001, to help countries preserve their cultural heritage and to demonstrate U.S. respect for different cultures around the world.

    Small grants: Individual Awards: $10,000 per project. Deadline to apply: November 15, 2018.

    Large grants: The floor on the amount of awards is $200,000 per project and the ceiling is $800,000.

    Deadline to apply: November 22, 2018.

    Visit for full details!

    January 21–25, 2019—14th International Conference on the History and Archaeology of Jordan (ICHAJ 14) in Florence, Italy; “Culture in Crisis: Flows of Peoples, Artifacts and Ideas. ” Second circular and registration information available via