As part of its plan to strengthen resources and develop capacity, Yarmouk University supported by the Canadian Government recently accomplished a project to install a solar cell power generation system at Deir-Ala Archaeological Research Station. Thus, in the presence of Canadian Ambassador to Amman Donica Pottie, the University represented by the Dean of the Faculty of Archaeology and Anthropology, Dr. Lamia Khoury, signed the agreement of receiving the project from the Canadian sponsor, the Sustainable Energy and Economic Development Project in Jordan, represented by Engineer Mohammed Ramadan. Khoury stressed the importance of the project for the Archaeological station of Deir-Ala concerning the teaching process and scientific research in the Faculty, as the archaeological teams concerned with archaeological monuments work in the surrounding archaeological sites for days and weeks. She added that the size of the system installed in the station is five kilowatts, which can provide the station with the electricity needed for various loads, especially air conditioning. This, as she explained, contributes to reducing the high cost of electricity charge on the university budget, especially in summer, as the station is located in Deir-Ala - Central Valleys, an area known for high temperatures in summer.

The faculty of Archaeology and Anthropology finished its summer season of excavations at the archaeological site of Umm Qais, northern Jordan. The excavations were conducted in co-operation with the Department of Antiquities of Jordan. The dean of the faculty, Prof. Abd al Hakim al-Husban, pointed out that the excavations aimed at training the students and enhancing their skills in field work including excavations, drawing, documentation, etc. From his side, Dr. Maen Omoush, director of the excavations, declared that the team uncovered paved stone floors, walls, and other architectural remains, dated back to the Roman, Byzantine and Islamic periods, based on the pottery sherds, glasses and coins excavated at the site. Dr. Omoush expressed acknowledged the deanship of the faculty and the department of Antiquities of Jordan for their support to achieve the project's goals.

he Department of Archaeology resumes its summer season of archaeological excavations at Umm Qais "Gadara" during summer semester. The excavations aim at training the students on field’s techniques of exploration, documentation, reporting, and drawing. In addition, excavations will help to investigate the cultural heritage of the site.

The Department of Conservation and Management of Cultural Resources will start its summer course in training the students how to conserve archaeological artifacts in the field based on their chemical and physical properties.

Prof. Abd el-Hakim al-Husban, Dean of the Faculty of Archaeology and anthropology, pointed that the faculty holds its yearly summer training courses in order to provide the student with skills needed to explore, preserve and promote the cultural heritage of Jordan. 

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