September 19, 2018: ACOR Memorial Evening for Father Michele Piccirillo


    The 2018 ACOR Lecture Series Presents: 

    A Memorial Evening for Father Michele Piccirillo (1944–2008)

    Remembrances by Father Rosario Pieri


    Lecture by Franco Sciorilli

    Thirty Years of Mosaic Restoration & Beyond


    Wednesday, September 19, 2018 at 6 pm at ACOR

    Reception to follow


    About the speakers and their presentations:

     Father Rosario Pieri has been the Dean of the Studium Biblicum Franciscanum (SBF) in Jerusalem since 2017. Previously he served there as Vice Deacon (2014–2017), Economo (bursar) (2014–2017), and Secretary (2002–2014). He studied at the Studium Biblicum Franciscanum (1995) and the University Cattolica del Sacro Cuore (2001). He holds the position of professore straordinario and is the author of many books and articles. He will speak about the life of Father Michele Piccirillo and provide remembrances.

    Mr. Franco Sciorilli studied at Sapienza University of Rome. He is an Italian restorer who came to Jordan in 1994 to work with Father Piccirillo as part of the Studium Biblicum Franciscanum mission. Their efforts concentrated on Mt. Nebo and the Madaba region but included mosaic restoration projects elsewhere, including Alexandria in Egypt, Hisham’s Palace in Jericho as well as in Syria. His presentation will focus on the 30 year legacy of mosaic restoration work undertaken by Father Piccirillo. In May 2016, Franco was awarded the Onorificenza dell’Ordine della Stella d’Italia (Knight of Italian Star) for his efforts in cultural heritage preservation.


    Other Announcements:

     Related Event: Thursday, Sept. 20 at 7 PM—Terra Sancta Organ Festival: recital by Organist Alessandro Licata at Mt. Nebo (Memorial of Moses) in memory of Fr. Michele Piccirillo with presentation of the restoration of stucco discovered at Machaerus (Admission Free). Under the aegis of the Custody of the Holy Land.

    ACOR Fall Public Lectures:

    Tuesday, Oct. 16 at 6 PM—Jaakko Frösén, Professor Emeritus, University of Helsinki, “From Carbonized Papyri to the Monastery of Saint Aaron at Petra: The ‘Last Will’ of Mr. Obodianos (P. Petra inv. 6a, P. Petra V 55)”and Book Launch for final volume in series, The Petra Papyri V

    Wednesday, Nov. 7 at 6 PM—D. Konstantinos Politis, Hellenic Society for Near Eastern Studies, “The Maṣna‘ as-Sukkar Project in Ghawr aṣ-Ṣāfī—Recent Results”

    Other Conferences and Opportunities:

    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

    April 16–18, 2019 Conference/Humboldt-Kolleg “Cultural Heritage: At the Intersection of the Humanities and the Sciences.” Note Abstract due at the end of August 2018 to attention of Professor Hani Hayajneh via email (, the Ambassador Scientist of the German Alexander von Humboldt Foundation in Jordan. The conference aims to discuss the contributions of interdisciplinary and interrelated sciences in cultural heritage research to the reconstruction of humanity’s past to understand the evolution of human culture, and to the preservation and promotion of cultural heritage. Participants to be primarily recent Ph.D. recipients (i.e., received within last 12 years).

    Fall 2018 Internship at ACOR: ACOR has a paid internship opportunity for someone with archaeological training, ideally a recent graduate who has some experience with archaeological objects (handling, inventory, documenting) to assist at ACOR with a project for the Temple of the Winged Lions (TWLCRM Initiative). If you are interested, please send your CV with an accompanying message describing your interest and availability to: