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Norwegian scholar draws parallel between archaeological sites and botanical gardens

AMMAN — Community archaeology is about archaeologists adopting a new mindset — one that takes into account the maintenance and safety challenges that ensue as archaeologists excavate and expose walls and installations from past civilizations to the open air, according to a Norwegian scholar. Source: Norwegian scholar draws parallel between archaeological sites and botanical gardens

Andrews University- 50th Anniversary of Madaba Plains Project

2017–18 marks the 50th anniversary of the start of the Heshbon Expedition to Jordan, the forerunner of the Madaba Plains Project (MPP), an archaeological project at three locations in Jordan: Tall Hisban, Tall al-Umairy and Tall Jalul. The leaders of the first team to attempt the expedition were Siegfried Horn of Andrews University, Roger Boraas […]

Adventist Review Online | The Heshbon Excavation

Longtime readers of this magazine will likely remember a series of articles reporting on the discoveries of the Andrews University-led archaeological expeditions to biblical Heshbon in Jordan from 1967 to 1976. Written by Seventh-day Adventist Theological Seminary professors Siegfried H. Horn and Lawrence T. Geraty, these articles covered not only discoveries illuminating biblical history but also […]

Adventist Review Online | Adventist University Celebrates 50 Years of Excavations in Jordan

The 2017–18 season marks the 50th anniversary of the start of the Heshbon Expedition to Jordan, the forerunner of the Madaba Plains Project (MPP). Andrews University, a Seventh-day Adventist school in Berrien Springs, Michigan, United States, was one of the first in taking part in those archaeological excavation projects at three Jordan locations—Tall Hisban, Tall […]

ASOR Blog- 2014 Madaba Plains Project at Tell Hisban in Jordan

This summer, I was able to join the Madaba Plains Project at Tell Hisban in Jordan, thanks in no small part to the ASOR fellowship that helped fund my trip. This season at Tell Hisban, I was invited to join the team as a Field Supervisor over Field O, part of the Mamluk village on […]

Projected museum in Madaba to ‘conserve, protect Jordan’s past’

AMMAN — Extensive archaeological sites, including the world-famous mosaic in Madaba, have long made central Jordan a source of fascination and study for experts and tourists from around the world, but experts have grappled with how best to preserve the finds, while also making them accessible to all. Source: Projected museum in Madaba to ‘conserve, […]

Community archaeology challenges ‘colonial’ approaches to research — expert

AMMAN — Community archaeology, a form of archaeology directed by experts to local communities, originated at Tell Hisban during the seventies and eighties, with anthropologists wanting to learn more about traditional Jordanian practices for securing food, water and protection for their households and animals, a Norwegian anthropologist said.    “The initial reason for this interest […]

Italian-Jordanian architect pushes for community archaeology

AMMAN — When she visited Jordan for the first time in 1996, Italian architect Maria Elena Ronza described her experience as “mind-blowing”. Coming from La Sapienza University of Rome, Ronza was drawn to the Middle East in general and Jordan in particular for the country’s Roman stone architecture and the adaptation of Roman urban design […]

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