International team works on Dharih archaeological stuff in the faculty storerooms.


A team of scholars and students was at work from April 26 till May 19, 2016 in the Faculty of Archaeology and Anthropology to prepare the elements for the final publication works of Khirbat edh-Dharih excavations. Preparations for this study season started in the spring of 2015 with a short evaluation season conducted in the storerooms by a smaller team, resulting in setting up a program of study that extends over a period of several years; every spring of these coming years, a team will come back to work for one month on the study of Dharih stuff at the faculty storerooms until all study works are finished and results are ready for publication.

Khirbet edh-Dharih field program, led by Prof. Dr. al-Muheisen from Yarmouk University and Prof. Dr. Villeneuve from IFPO and Paris 1 Pantheon Sorbonne University, included survey, large-scale and long-term excavations, and impressive architectural restorations as well as works for local tourism. It lasted from 1983, the first survey, till 2013, the last season of excavations, including 13 major seasons of excavations (between 1984 and 2007) and additional short seasons (between 2008 and 2013). Two major exhibitions were also organized to present Dharih to the Jordanian public: one was at Museum of Jordanian Heritage in Yarmouk University in 2000 and the other was in Greater Amman Municipality in 2002. In addition, edh-Dharih sculptures and objects were masterpieces of the major exhibition on Petra and the Nabataeans, which travelled in 2003 and the following years to New York, Cincinnati and other cities in North America. Currently, reconstructions of the major series of edh-Dharih reliefs are the jewels of the Nabataean Hall in Jordan Museum in Amman. A number of other impressive finds from edh-Dharih are exhibited at the Museum of Jordanian Heritage in Yarmouk University.

The team started his work this year by a field visit to edh-Dharih site to evaluate the situation there. During this visit, the team discovered a series of tombstones uncovered by the robbers; one of them has a particular significance. In the storerooms of the faculty, the team continued the thematic storing (by type, by area of excavations, by sub-area, and by year of excavation) and conditioning of the huge quantities of edh-Dharih archaeological finds. At the end of the season, the Dharih collections are stored in only seven locations in five storerooms, which is much less scattered than earlier, and some series, like animal bones, stuccos, architectural fragments, are now almost correctly brought together.


The Faculty of Archaeology and Anthropology at Yarmouk University was established in 1984, as the Institute of Archaeology and Anthropology, aiming at conducting interdisciplinary researches and promoting public awareness of cultural heritage of Jordan and the Arab World.

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