The eighth international conference on Science and Technology in Archaeology and Conservation (STAC8) took place in Amman, Jordan, from 21 to 25 May 2017. Its main organisers were WATCH and CULTECH Jordan, and the conference took place under the patronage of the Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities of Jordan, UNESCO, and ICCROM.
Historical aerial photographs are of great value for the EAMENA project, and we have recent launched an appeal to locate any held in archives or private collections. They can be analysed in conjunction with more recent photographs or satellite images and used to identify archaeological sites that have since been lost or altered by subsequent development, or to assess broader landscape change.
Endangered Archaeology as captured with the Aerial Archaeology in Jordan Project: September 2016 Season
In 2016, Dr Robert Bewley, Prof. David Kennedy, Dr Andrea Zerbini, and I had the pleasure of conducting several reconnaissance flights with the Aerial Archaeology in Jordan project (see our affiliate project page).
The EAMENA project documents endangered heritage in 20 countries in the Middle East and North Africa. In all but Iran, Arabic is the main language spoken in these countries. Therefore, in order to enhance the value of the EAMENA database as a heritage mapping and management tool for researchers and institutions based in the MENA region, the team has prioritised translating the platform into this language.
Under pressure to build new housing, the Government announced the forthcoming Neighbourhood Planning and Infrastructure Bill in May, containing proposals to support the delivery of one million homes and deliver necessary infrastructure.
For the last two weeks, Robert Bewley, Andrea Zerbini, and I have had the huge pleasure of working with the Aerial Archaeology in Jordan (AAJ) Project on its most recent season of aerial reconnaissance.
The International Conference for the History and Archaeology of Jordan (ICHAJ) occurs once every three years. It brings together the numerous teams working in Jordan in a forum to present their research, but also to discuss the challenges arising in the field. The theme of this year’s conference was ‘Ethics in Archaeology’.
Presenters at the inaugural Protecting the Past conference were invited to attend a personal tour of Umm el-Jimal and aspects of its hinterland by Bert De Vries, Muwaffaq Hazza and Bernhard Lucke on Sunday 27 September.
This week EAMENA’s Andrea Zerbini is co-organiser (with the Department of Antiquities and others) of a conference at the Museum of Jordan in Amman – Protecting the Past. Archaeology , Conservation and Tourism in the North of Jordan. Its purpose is to highlight and promote discussion of threats to cultural heritage sites, as well as to develop strategies aimed at their preservation.
On behalf of the EAMENA project, I recently attended a symposium at UCL on the site of Jericho (Digging up Jericho: Past, Present & Future, 29th – 30th June 2015, http://npaph.com/symposium/). Research at this site has been carried out since the late 19th century, under the auspices of the Palestine Exploration Fund from the 1860s-70s and then later by individuals such as Ernst Sellin and Carl Watzinger, John Garstang and possibly most famously Kathleen Kenyon in the mid-20th century. More recently excavations at the site have been carried out by a joint Italian-Palestinian team.