Main image: Local site conservation workers.

Here's the Latest

Check here for brief updates from the Umm el-Jimal Project and other items of interest related to our Partners and the site.

1.21.13: AFCP Wrap Party

Umm el-Jimal Project staff hosted Stuart Jones, U.S. ambassador to Jordan, U.S. embassy staff, colleagues from the American Center of Oriental Research, and dozens of other guests for a sitewalk and wrap party celebrating the successful conclusion of the project's 2012 Ambassador Fund for Cultural Preservation grant. More about the visit is available in the Embassy's release.

11.16.12: ASOR 2012 Annual Meeting

Bert de Vries presented “Preservation of House XVII-XVIII at Umm el-Jimal: Archaeology in the Arab Spring,” results from the recent excavation and consolidation of the House XVII-XVIII complex at the 2012 annual meeting of the American Schools of Oriental Research.

10.25.12: UNLV Archaeology and Community Lecture

Can the spectacular remnants left by ancient ancestors enhance the sense of heritage and success of their living successors? Project director Bert de Vries gave a public lecture at UNLV, hosted by archaeologist Alan Simmons, examining key ways this symbiosis between ancient and modern is being developed at sites such as Umm el-Jimal and in the arid Las Vegas Springs Preserve. The presentation concluded with a comparison of the ways in which the preservation and presentation of these ancient sites is serving the modern communities of Jordan and Nevada.

7.1.12: New Web Site Launched

You're looking at it! The English version of the Umm el-Jimal Project's new web site is now live. This work has been funded in part thanks to generous support from the Archaeological Institute of America's Site Conservation grant program.

6.12: AFCP Fieldwork Complete

Physical conservation work at the House XVII-XVIII complex for the Umm el-Jimal Project's AFCP grant has been completed on time. The project now enters its second, publication phase.

4.19.12: US Ambassador Visits Umm el-Jimal

Stuart Jones, the U.S. ambassador to Jordan, and about 30 other guests from our Partners toured Umm el-Jimal as part of the project's AFCP grant program. Thanks to Anneliese Reinemeyer ad Reem Abdul Hadi from the US Embassy's Cultural Affairs wing for facilitating this visit and reception.

2.12: AFCP Fieldwork Begins

Site conservation work for the Umm el-Jimal Project's 2012 Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation (AFCP) grant began. Funded by the U.S. State Department, the year-long program will focus on best-practices development, physical consolidation, and publication of a major domestic complex at the site, House XVII-XVIII.

1.12: UJ12 Field Season

In January the Umm el-Jimal Project conducted its 14th field season of archaeological research, with team members from Calvin College, Open Hand Studios, Yarmouk University, and Jordan's Department of Antiquities.

Fieldwork materials

UJ12 Blog

For the very latest news and reflections, check out the Umm el-Jimal 2012 blog. The blog is maintained by Dr. Bert de Vries, the project's Director.