The first Protecting the Past conference was held in Amman (Jordan) between 28-30 September 2015 at The Jordan Museum. This even was 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 was 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 gathered international and national specialists from a range of disciplines. These included 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 wished to foster better co-operation and collaboration. This inter-disciplinary discussion, focusing on archaeological sites and landscapes, showed that their value is not just historical and cultural but also economic, educational and social.

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Structure

The conference took place over three days between Monday 28 and Wednesday 30 September at the Jordan Museum. Attendance was free.

Speakers and registered attendees were invited to two evening receptions at the American Centre for Oriental Research (Tue 29 September) and German Protestant Institute of Archaeology (Wed 30 September).

Conference speakers could also join an optional field trip to Umm al Jimal on Sunday 27 September.

1st edition poster

Venue

The conference was hosted at The Jordan Museum.

Two evening receptions took place during the conference. A first evening reception, kindly hosted and supported by the American Center for Oriental Research (ACOR) took place on Tuesday 29 September, from 7pm to 9pm.

The closing reception took place on Wednesday 30 September, from 7pm onwards, at the German Protestant Institute of Archaeology (GPIA), thanks to the GPIA’s generous support.

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