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The Faculty of Archaeology and Tourism and in collaboration with the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) and German universities on Sunday inaugurated a conference entitled:” burial practices in the Levant from the Roman era until the end of the Islamic era “.


Twenty eight experts in archeology and exploration from local, Arab and German universities in addition to UJ are participating in the conference.


The two – day conference aims to promote exchanges and cultural and scientific cooperation between the University of Jordan and German universities and recognize religious, cultural, social and anthropological identities of Jordan's population through history, according to Dr. Nizar Turshan, Head of the Preparatory Committee of the conference.


Turshan said that the Faculty of Archaeology and Tourism represented by the Department of Archeology was keen to start the new academic year by holding an event that aims to highlight aspects of ethnic, religious and cultural archaeological sites in Jordan as well as burial practices over ages.


UJ Vice-President for Administrative and Financial Affairs, Prof. Shtaywi Abdullah said the conference is a milestone in the history of the University; as it gathers an elite group of European academics who specialize in burial practices and their counterparts in Jordan and the Arab countries.


DAAD representative, Dr. Thomas M. Weber, praised efforts made by the organizers for the success of this conference.


From his part, Dr. “Christoph Igor”, University of Munich, delivered a speech in which he highlighted the religious practices and rituals that characterized the successive ages starting from the Roman times until the Islamic era in the preparation of the dead from the moment of death until the moment of burial.


“Igor” pointed out that there are clear differences in religious practices in Roman times in comparison with burial practices in the Byzantine and Islamic eras, stressing that religions impose their own rituals in terms of preparing the bodies of the dead and the burial.


Hala Abu Jaradeh, a student at the Faculty of Archaeology and Tourism, spoke on behalf of the students and welcomed the participants of the conference, noting in her speech to the scholarship she has obtained from the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD).


The conferees will discuss papers dealing with extensive studies revolve around the Hellenistic and Roman periods, and will review the most prominent burial customs in the Roman, Byzantine and Islamic eras, in addition to differences that have accompanied each era through related historical sources and results of excavations that revealed these cemeteries in Jordan.


The first day sessions discussed a number of relevant topics presented by researchers related to burial practices of the Nabataeans, and in the Roman era. In addition, it will examine forms and types of coffins in northern Jordan and the continuity of burial practices at the Archaeological site Yamun from the late Bronze ages until the Islamic era.


Moreover, the two Sessions tracked features of burial practices in many archaeological sites scattered in Jordan, such as Khirbet Al Samra, Umm Qais, and Jordan Badia.



The Dean of School of Archeology and Tourism Dr. Nada Al Rawabdih met yesterday on the 25th of September 2017 with a group of visiting professors from the Pazmani Peter Catholic University located in Hungaria. This visit was made possible through ERASMUS+ project . The discussion focused on strengthening the cooperation with Hungarian Universities through ERAMUS+ project. The guests stay in Jordan has been set for a week. Throughout their stay, they will lecture students in different topics in Archeology


On Friday September 29, 2017, Dr. Attila Toth , Dr. Gabor a Hungarian experts in Archaeology and group of graduate and undergraduate students from the School of Archeology and Tourism visited Petra. The visit was under the supervision of Dr. Ismaiel Abuamoud the Vice Dean of the School; The visit included a tour in the city, where guests showed their admiration for the historical treasure of Petra. The trip to the south concluded with a visit to Wadi Rum and they spent some time there.

Participating students from the Department of Archeology, Department of Heritage Resource Management and Department of Tourism Management, the students interacted positively and they exchanged knowledge with the experts. The Hungarian expert’s visit to the University of Jordan came through the Erasmus Plus project.

Under the scope of a joint exchange initiative of the University of Jordan and the Ruhr-University Bochum (GER), accomplished within the framework of the DAAD’s “German Arab Transformation Program”, nine students from the Faculty of Archaeology and Tourism were enrolled in a study visit to Germany for the period from Sept. 21st to Sept. 28th. The group was accompanied by dr. FuadHourani, dr. FatmaMarii and dr. PatricKreuz. Entitled “Cultural Resources Management in an international perspective: initiatives, institutions and experiences”, the trip aimed at introducing the participants to current issues and aspects related to cultural resources management and conservation in Germany from the Paleolithic to the Industrial periods. The group visited a series of archaeological and heritage places, infrastructures and institutionsin relation to this field in Mayence, Cologne, Bochum, Essen, Herne, Neandertal and Xanten. Students as well as professors participating to this trip both enjoyed a fruitful visit and amazing experience. 


The Faculty of Archeology and Tourism held a welcoming meeting for the new students on Tuesday 31 October 2017. The ceremony included a congratulations and guidance speech for new students by Dr. Nada Rawabdeh, Dean of the School of Archaeology and Tourism. Also His Excellency Dr. Munther Jamahawi also delivered a speech about the importance of students' role in carrying responsibility and the humanitarian role in preserving the heritage of Jordan , and the future opportunities of the work in the field of archeology, and the integrated role of the School of Archeology and Tourism to armed graduates with the essential knowledge to be able to meet the challenges of the future. The ceremony included presentations of success stories for graduated students of various disciplines, in addition to many paragraphs and events that carry messages and advices for new students.


The Faculty of Archeology and Tourism at the University of Jordan and in cooperation with Jarash Governorate and the Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities organized on Friday 24th of November 2007 the first tourism marathon. A number of students from the Yarmouk and Hashemite Universities participated together with students from the School of Archeology and Tourism at the University of Jordan


A meeting was held with members of the Jordan Inbound Tour Operator Association JITOA on Tuesday, February 6, 2018, where they discussed areas of cooperation with the School of Archaeology and Tourism such as providing training opportunities to our students at the Department of Tourism Management and suggest areas to improve study plans to suit the need of the market. The meeting was attended by Dr. Nada Al Rawabdih, Dean of the School, Dr. Ismaiel Abuamoud, the Vice Dean, Dr.Hussain Abu Elasal, Assistant Dean Of Quality Assurance, and Mohammad Oqaily the coordinator of Quality assurance Committee.


Giving books is a great way of helping out other students, the school of Archaeology and Tourism organized donation of books day (Give your Book Initiative) which aims to save money by exchanging used books between students.​


The Department of Tourism Management at the School of Tourism and Archeology organized a lecture on February 20, 2018 in the school premise. The lecture highlighted Jordan Tourism Board (JTB) marketing strategies aiming at promoting the Jordanian tourism assets internationally and developing adventure tourism as a promising new tourism product in Jordan.   

The lecture was presented by Mr. Hakim Tamimi; the director of adventure tourism unit in JTB. The main themes addressed in the lecture were; the significances of adventure tourism at national and international levels and the JTB marketing strategies designed to promote adventure tourism as a unique local product in the marketplace.  The variety of adventure tourism patterns in Jordan were also reported. The lecture was moderated by the Head of Tourism Management Department
Dr. Nour Al-okaily. The event was attended by the dean, staff of the school, and crowd of students.


 The event reflects the ongoing collaborative activities between the Department of Tourism Management at the School of Tourism and Archeology and JTB.


The team of Sustainable Cultural Heritage Through Engagement of Local Communities Project (SCHEP) presented an introduction lecture to the students of School of Archaeology and Tourism on Thursday 26/4/2018 at 12:00 in Petra auditorium. The purpose of this lecture is to present to the student the available opportunities at the local market for training and working in different projects at the management and conservation or cultural resources. 


A Team from Academy of Management Sciences visited the School of Archaeology and Tourism on Sunday 29/4/2018 as part of a training course in (Planning and Management of Museums) for the staff of the Military Museum in Abu Dhabi/UAE. The team visited the different laboratories (Cultural Resources Conservation, Pottery, Flint and Mosaic workshop), and they saw the training of students for analyzing and conservation of different archaeological and heritage materials. The team as well visited the Museum of Antiquities and Museum of Cultural Heritage of the University, and were introduced by the curator to the different methods of displaying and documenting the artefacts. ​