The first Protecting the Past conference will be held in Amman (Jordan) between 28-30 September 2015 at The Jordan Museum. This even is co-organised by EAMENA, the Department of Antiquities of Jordan, and the Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg, with the gracious patronage of HRH Prince al-Hassan bin Talal.
The purpose of this colloquium is to discuss how recent advances in the archaeological investigation of northern Jordan can influence a wider approach to understanding Jordan’s cultural heritage through discovery, re-interpretation and better presentation. The conference gathers international and national specialists from a range of disciplines. These include archaeologists active at multi-period sites and on survey projects, experts in remote sensing and aerial archaeology, geoarchaeologists and geographers. By bringing them together with NGOs and practitioners with a stake in the development of cultural tourism in northern Jordan, we wish to foster better co-operation and collaboration.This inter-disciplinary discussion, focussing on archaeological sites and landscapes, will show that their value is not just historical and cultural but can also be economic, educational and social.
We are grateful to a number of institutions for supporting this initiative. Please visit our Sponsors’ page for more details.
The conference will take place over three days between Monday 28 and Wednesday 30 September at the Jordan Museum. Attendance is free, but registration is necessary as seats are limited. Please register now to reserve your seat.
Speakers and registered attendees are welcome to join us for our two evening receptions at the American Centre for Oriental Research (Tue 29 September) and German Protestant Institute of Archaeology (Wed 30 September). Please see below for details on how to reach these venues.
Conference speakers may also join an optional field trip to Umm al Jimal on Sunday 27 September. Separate registration is necessary and places are limited.
The conference will be hosted at The Jordan Museum. Conference speakers should consult the information page to find out more about transport to and from the Museum. A large onsite parking is available for conference attendees. Please ask at the reception for directions to the Museum’s lecture theatre.
Two evening receptions will take place during the conference. A first evening reception, kindly hosted and supported by the American Center for Oriental Research (ACOR) will take place on Tuesday 29 September, from 7pm to 9pm.
The closing reception will take place on Wednesday 30 September, from 7pm onwards, at the German Protestant Institute of Archaeology (GPIA), thanks to the GPIA’s generous support. Both Institutes are located at a short distance one from the other in Tla’ al-‘Ali. Please see the map below and the Institutes’ websites for directions.