​        The International Conference on the Nabataean Culture was initiated at the request of His Majesty Ki​ng Abdullah II Ibn Al-Hussein as an international triennial conference to represent "a touring ambassador" for the heritage of the Nabataeans.         

        President Adel Al-Twaissi,  former President of the University of Jordan translated the noble suggestion of His Majesty into reality by dedicating full financial and moral support to this international gathering, and assigned Professor Nabil I. Khairy, former Dean of Faculty of Archaeology and Tourism to carry on the responsibility and to fulfill this royal initiative, to promote and encourage new dimensions on the different aspects of the Nabataean culture, and to tackle themes related to the Nabataean arts, trade, coinage, communication. International relations and cultural interaction. Consequently, the First International Conference on the Nabataean Culture was held under the Royal Patronage of His Majesty at Petra between May 5th and 8th, 2012, which organized by the University of Jordan, and corresponds the Golden Jubilee of the University of Jordan, and the bicentenary of the visit to Petra by Jean Louis Burckhardt, the swiss traveler who brought the attention of the world to the Petra," the rose red city".

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  1. The first Chapter in the modern Exploration of Petra by David M. Jacobson.
  2. Nabataean Aramaic in Context. Aramaization and Arabization? by John Healey.
  3. Rediscovering Early Hellenistic Petra Recent Excavations in the Civic Center by David F. Graf.
  4. The 2012 al-Katuteh Excavations in Petra – Methods and Preliminary Results by Mustafa Kocak – Karl-Uwemahler.  
  5. The 2012 al-Katuteh Excavations in Petra – The Byzantine Pottery by Nabil I. Khairy.
  6. Unpainted Petra Style Bowls from Wadi ath-Thamad, Jordan: A Technological Focus by  Maria- Louise Sidoroff.
  7. The Unique Ornamentations on the Painted Nabataean plates and bowls by Nabil I. Khairy.
  8. Vine Grape pecking birds in Nabataean Art –A Pictorial Motif in Orient and Occident by Thomas M. weber.
  9. Aspects of the Particularity and Creativity of the Nabataean Architecture During the Late Hellenistic and Roman Periods by Naif A. Haddad
  10. 10- A Nabataean Chamber Tomb and Carved Block in Wadi Mataha, Petra, Jordan by David J. Johnson.
  11. Elephant-Headed Capitals in Petra by Zdravko Dimitrov.
  12. The Nabataean Army on Machaerus – New Archaeological and Architectural Evidence by GyoZo  Voros.
  13. Nabataeans and the Coinage Gold Minting by Ibrahim S. Sadaqa.
  14. Daily Life of the Nabataeans in the Hinterland of Petra by Burton Macdonald.
  15. Everyday Life of Nabataeans in ancient Petra - A modern Tourism Product by Ziad AL- Rawadieh.   
  16. Iconoclasm in Petra and other Nabataean sites by Judith McKenzie
* Addition an Arabic abstracts for the English papers.

The second International Conference on the Nabataean Culture was held in Provo, Utah, USA on Wednesday through Saturday, May 6th – 9th, 2015, in the spirit of the bilateral academic agreement between the University of Jordan and Brigham Young University.


  1.  Nabataean Epigraphy, Law and Religion, 1985-2015 By John F. Healey
  2. Nabataean Seafaring and the Search for Shipwrecks in the Red Sea By Ralph K. Pedersen and Rupert A. Brandmeier
  3. Nabataean Amethyst Trade: Sources, Production and Use By David Johnson
  4. The Influences of Aramaic on the Dialect of Wadi Musa a Conspecuts By Zeyad Al-Salameen
  5. The Nabataean Culture Performances and the Border By Nabil I. Khairy
  6. The Oblisque, the Elephant, and the Crow-Step: New Evidences for Ptolemaic Influences in Hellenistic and Early Roman Petra By Cynthia Finlayson
  7. Conservation Compromising Authenticity in Petra CRM: The Nabataean Mural Painting at Siq el-Barid as Case Study By Sa'ad Twaissi
  8. Nabataean in Southern Arabia: Some Epigraphic Evidence of Influence and Presence By Anna Accettola
  9. The Syllaeus Saga Revisited By David F. Graf
  10. Telling Tales about the past: Official and Unofficial Narratives Identity on the Tourist Trail in Petra Archaeological Park By Suleiman Farajat.
  11. What Happened to the Nabataeans?The Literary and Archaeological Evidences By Burton MacDonald
  12. Preliminary Petrographic Study of Nabataean Painted and Unpainted Fine Wares from Mudayna Thamad By Maria-Louise Sidoroff
  13. Wadi Yutm, Southern Jordan: New Evidence of Dense Nabataean Settlements By John Scott




         The Third International Conference on the Nabataean Culture will be held in Petra, Jordan on Monday through Thursday, June 18th – 21th, 2018, is under patronage of H.R.H Prince ElHassan Bin Talal. and organizing by The University of Jordan with cooperation with Petra development tourism Region Authority in Petra.

Participate in the Conference 38 academic researchers from 15 countries (Jordan, Egypt, Lebanon, kingdom of Saudi Arabia, France, Belgium, Netherlands, USA, Italy, Germany, England, Poland, Switzerland, Belgium, and Argentina) will present 32 lectures that focus on three main themes:

  • Cultural exchange
  • Local traditions
  • Trade, Trade route


  1. Magic, Medicine and Fraud By David Johnson.
  2. Nabataeans or Itureans in Mount Lebanon? About the Aramaic inscription of Yanouḥ By Gaby Abousamra
  3. Variation in the Nabataean Aramaic of the Nabataean Period By John Healey.
  4. The development of Nabataean Madā’in Ṣāliḥ (Saudi Arabia) into an attractive sightseeing: from traditional rejection to official recognition By Virginia Cassola-Cochin.
  5. The 'Nabataean' Blocked-out Capital in Its Wider Framework. A Closer Look By Matthias  Grawehr Aleksandra Brzozowska-Jawornicka.
  6. Excavations at the Early Bronze Age Settlement at Umm Saisabān near Petra By Ulrich Hübner.
  7. Beyond Petra: Nabataean Cultic and Mortuary Practices and the Cultural Heritage of the Negev and Edom  By Juan Manuel Tebes.
  8. Production in the hinterland of Petra: wine presses as a case study By Fawzi Q. Abudanah.
  9. The Nabataeans And AL-Wu’ayra. Archaeological Data, Hypothesis and Questions By  Andrea VANNI-DESIDERI.
  10. The Dionysiac Lands of Petra’s Northern Hinterland By David F. Graf.
  11. 1A note on aṭ-Ṭuwayr, an Eastern Nabataean site? By Guillaume Charloux.
  12. The Nabataean School of Painted Fine "Egg-Shell" Ware : Mythology and Concept By Zaid T. Adnan & Mohannad H. Al-Tantawi.
  13. The Camel Reliefs in Petra’s Siq: Reflections on the Life and Afterlife of an Early Nabataean Monument By Björn Anderson.
  14. The Nabataean Rural Economy in the Hinterland of Petra By Andrew M. Smith.
  15. Wadi Aglat Winery By Ueli Bellwald
  16. The capitals of the Capital - New insights into freestanding Nabataean Architecture in Petra By Marco Dehner.
  17. House V12 at the southern end of the ancient village of Dharih By Pauline Piraud-Fournet and Laïla Nehmé.
  18. The Hanging Baths of Jabal Khubthah (Petra) : Preliminary Conclusions Following Archaeological and Architectural Studies (2015-2017) By Thibaud Fournet and Nicolas Paridaens.
  19. Investigating the Socio-Political Make-Up of Rural Petra – The Petra Hinterland Social Landscapes Project By Will M. Kennedy.
  20. A head from the frieze of the Temenos Gate at Petra By Robert Wenning.

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The conference on burial customs in the Levant from Roman times to the end of the Islamic era opened at the University of Jordan on September 10, 2013. The conference was organized by School of Archaeology and Tourism at the University in cooperation with the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) and German universities.

The two-day conference, titled "Burial Customs in the Levant from Roman Times to the End of the Islamic Era," was attended by 28 experts specializing in archaeology and excavation from local, Arab, and German universities, in addition to the Jordanian universities.

According to the preparatory committee chairman, Prof. Dr. Nizar Attarshan from the University of Jordan, the conference aims to enhance cultural and scientific exchange and cooperation between the University of Jordan and German universities, and to understand the religious, cultural, social, and anthropological identities of the Jordanian people during those periods.

Attarshan added that School of Archaeology and Tourism, represented by the Department of Archaeology, was keen to start the new academic year with academic research activities aimed at highlighting the ethnic, religious, and cultural aspects of archaeological sites in Jordan throughout the ages and the burial customs therein.

During the opening ceremony, Prof. Dr. Shatwi Al-Abdullah, Vice President for Administrative and Financial Affairs at the University, delivered a speech emphasizing that the conference represents a significant milestone in the university's history, bringing together distinguished European academics specializing in burial customs alongside their Jordanian and Arab counterparts.

Al-Abdullah affirmed that the conference's topics, focusing on burial customs throughout the ages in the Levant, could serve as a unifying factor for the peoples of the region despite the political differences among them.

Representative of the DAAD, Prof. Dr. Thomas Weber, expressed pride in the efforts made by the conference organizers in preparation and implementation, aiming to establish a solid foundation contributing to the success of the conference.

Dr. Christoph Eger from the University of Munich shed light on religious practices and rituals that characterized successive eras, from the Roman to the Islamic, in preparing the deceased from the moment of death until burial.

Eger pointed out clear differences in religious practices between the Roman era and the Byzantine and Islamic periods, confirming that religions impose specific rituals for preparing and burying the deceased.

On behalf of the students of the Faculty of Archaeology and Tourism, Hala Abu Jarada welcomed participants from various local, regional, and German universities, highlighting her academic benefit from the scholarship she received from the German DAAD foundation.

The conference participants discussed research papers covering various topics related to burial customs, spanning from the Hellenistic and Roman periods to an extensive review of burial customs in the Roman, Byzantine, and Islamic eras, along with the differences that accompanied each era through historical sources and excavation results revealing these graves in Jordan. They also focused on studies related to organic anthropology concentrated on the results of archaeological excavations.

During the first day sessions, researchers presented topics related to burial customs among the Nabateans, the Roman eras, the forms of burial coffins in northern Jordan, the continuity of burial customs in the Yarmouk archaeological site from the late Bronze Ages to the Islamic eras.

The sessions also examined the features of burial customs in many archaeological sites spread across the governorates of Jordan, such as Khirbet al-Samra, Um Qais, and the Jordanian desert, through inscriptions and archaeological remains.

The conference on burial customs in the Levant from Roman times to the end of the Islamic eraThe conference on burial customs in the Levant from Roman times to the end of the Islamic era

In conjunction with its fiftieth anniversary celebrations, the University of Jordan reaffirms its leadership in tourism and hotel education by hosting the National Conference on Tourism and Hotel Education in collaboration with the USAID-funded Tourism Project in Amman, Jordan. The conference concluded at the Sheraton Hotel in Amman on Wednesday, December 19, 2012, under the patronage of His Excellency Dr. Wajih Owais, Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research, and His Excellency Professor Nayef Al-Fayez, Minister of Tourism and Antiquities.

The conference addressed several issues concerning higher education and the tourism industry in light of the changes occurring in the Arab region and the growing demand for qualified professionals in both the tourism and hotel sectors. The main sessions included discussions on various aspects, including highlighting the challenges facing the relationship between tourism and hotel education and the tourism industry. Speakers discussed the relationship between regulatory sectors in the tourism and hotel industry and universities, institutes, and colleges involved in tourism and hotel education, which graduate human resources engaged in the industry, opening the door to common interests between both parties. For example, industry employers hope to acquire trained and ready human capacities to engage directly in their service sectors, requiring enhancement of their practical and applied skills during their academic stages.

In contrast, academics aim to equip students with communication skills, analytical abilities, and problem-solving capabilities, incorporating these into the curricula to enhance graduates' employability. The second session aimed to describe Jordan's position compared to global trends in strategic partnerships, requiring joint efforts to develop, and perhaps innovate, distinguished programs to address common challenges.

The third session discussed the prospects for cooperation and partnership between educational institutions and the tourism industry, considering tourism as one of the main economic sectors advancing among emerging industries in Jordan. Innovation and development in the tourism industry represent the cornerstone for enhancing competitiveness and investing available potentials, which may intersect with the role of educational institutions in stimulating and creating new ideas and practices beneficial to the industry. This aligns with the fact that tourism is an industry based on human resources and their role in enhancing the quality and diversity of services provided, which is vital for the economic success of the industry. Therefore, developing the skills of graduates heading to the job market and their ability to analyze and solve problems is a necessary and unavoidable matter.

The fourth session was dedicated to drafting a framework for strategic cooperation and partnership by presenting successful experiences in cooperation and strategic partnership between educational institutions and the tourism industry in Jordan as the basis for the national framework for strategic cooperation and partnership. Six main aspects of strategic cooperation and partnership were identified as the basis for the national framework, including field training programs for students, student projects, cooperation and exchange of administrative experiences, advisory teams from the industry, employment of graduates, and research work and consultancy. 

The University of Jordan aims, through hosting the conference, to enhance its image as a leader in tourism and hotel education and as a leading institution in promoting partnership between educational institutions and the tourism and hotel industry, in line with its celebrations of the fiftieth anniversary of its establishment. This also aligns with its plans to meet the needs of the labor market for skilled and trained workforce. The conference concluded with a series of recommendations, including the call for the development of practical training programs in collaboration with tourism institutions and the establishment of mechanisms for their implementation, the enhancement of academic exchange opportunities between universities, and the encouragement of joint research, in addition to the call for providing support programs for tourism and hotel programs in cooperation with the private tourism sector.

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