10.9.17: GPIA-Workshop: „Ancient Terrace Practices in Jordan“

On September the 10th and 11th the Workshop "Ancient Terrace Practices in Jordan" is organized by the GPIA.

For further information please consult the program and the abstracts.

Project launch “Cultural Heritage in Jordan”

Accepting the invitation of the GPIA and the Department of Antiquities, H. R. H. Princess Dana Firas and H. R. H. Sharife Nofa Nassar, the H. E. Minister of Culture, Dr. Nabeeh Shoqum as well as 60 other distinguished guests attended the launch of the project “Cultural Heritage in Jordan” which took place at the GPIA in Amman on the May 8, 2017.

The project is a cooperation between the GPIA and the Department of Antiquities of Jordan funded by the Gerda Henkel Foundation as part of the so called “Patrimonies” initiative.

After the welcoming address given by the director of the GPIA Amman, Dr. des. Katharina Schmidt, in which the 60 guests were informed about the project’s development and its main goals, Prof. Dr. Dr. Dr. h. c. Dieter Vieweger, General Director of the GPIA, stressed the many years of continuous work of the GPIA in Jordan and the necessity to protect cultural heritage. The speech of the General Director of the Department of Antiquities, H. E. Dr. Munther Jamhawi, underlined the importance of the project for the protection of cultural heritage in Jordan. The project-manager, Dr. Jutta Häser, gave insights into the details and goals of the project, which includes the setup of a database for the Jordanian museums, the registration of all objects in the Jordan Archaeological Museum on the citadel of Amman, and the development of an emergency plan for the protection, respectively evacuation of the museum inventories. As the project serves as pilot project for all museums in Jordan, it also provides training for the staff of the Department of Antiquities.

Following the speeches, the project team was introduced to the audience. H. R. H. Princess Dana Firas thanked the GPIA for its long-term engagement in the region, and thanked the Gerda Henkel Foundation for the generous funding. During the subsequent reception, Jordanian and international guests from culture, science and politics enjoyed the atmosphere in the garden of the institute, discussing current issues on cultural heritage.


Dr. Mohammad Najjar

The talk presented here represents a summary of more than ten years of Iron Age field research in the biblical region of Edom in Southern Jordan. Edom Lowlands Regional Archaeology Project (ELRAP) focuses on studying the role of technology on the evolution of societies in Jordan's copper ore-rich Faynan region. The lens for this study is ancient mining and metallurgy. The interdisciplinary approach of ELRAP has led to new discoveries concerning the rise of social complexity in the southern Levant based on rigorous control of time ( through the application of high-precision radiocarbon dating) and space ( the cultural change through precise recording of geospatial data). This was achieved by using the Iron Age excavations in Faynan as a test bed for developing cyber-archaeology, which represents the integration of archaeology, physical science, computer science, and engineering. For the Iron Age, the excavations at the large copper production site of Khirbet en-Nahas provide the archaeological anchor for understanding the new social and technological developments that took root in the lowlands Edom.

5.4.17: Dr. des Katharina Schmidt (DEI Amman) " Glass and Glassmaking in the Iron Age Period"

Dr. des. Katharina Schmidt


This lecture discusses glass objects of the little known Iron Age period in Mesopotamia and its bordering regions and contributes to the history of glass by bridging the gap between the Late Bronze Age and the Hellenistic periods, both of which periods have been relatively well studied. The paper discusses the relevant objects, not only with regard to typology and chronology, but also with regard to their manufacturing technique and by including archaeometrical and philological data. Workshop equipment, the amount of required fuel, and the organisation of these workshops will also be tackled. In this regard, the study of contemporary cuneiform sources are shown to yield valuable insights, as tools and furnace types are mentioned in these texts.

Review in The Jordan Times

22.3.17: Prof. Dr. Zeidan Kafafi (Yarmouk University) "Preliminary Results of the Tell Damiya Excavations"

Prof.Dr. Zeidan Kafafi
Prof.Dr. Zeidan Kafafi

The archaeological site of Tell Damiyah is situated in the Zor, south of the confluence of the Zerqa and the Jordan River. It consists of two parts, the upper tell and the lower terrace. Especially the upper tell has a strategic position and commands today the Prince Muhammad (General Allenby) Bridge over the Jordan River. In addition, the site dominates the N-S road through the Jordan Valley and the E-W road connecting ancient Ammon with Wadi Far´ah. Furthermore, the area in which the site is situated is very fertile. The excavations revealed archaeological data ranging from the Iron Age II period (8th - 7th century BCE) to the Ottoman period. In addition to an Iron Age II temple building, storage pits, ovens, a cache of animal and human figurines, inscribed objects, pottery and jewelery were discovered.

Review in The Jordan Times

B. Porter (ACOR), K. Bartl (DAI) and K. Schmidt (DEI Amman) also attended the lecture.