Over the past century a thriving modern community has sprung up around Umm el-Jimal's long-dormant ruins—and two generations of residents have made valuable contributions to their preservation and study. Our latest research and work at Umm el-Jimal focuses on its present people and history, largely from the perspective of its own community members and leaders. These pages aim to share this vibrant community's perspectives and culture, understand its ties to the historic site it surrounds, and provide updates on our community-based partnerships to develop a cultural heritage center and restore Umm el-Jimal's ancient water system.

Main image: A local woman prepares fresh dough while baking bread over a fire in front of her home near Umm el-Jimal's ruins.