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2019

The Living Museum of Umm Qais : Sustainable preservation, analysis and virtual reconstruction of Gadara’s ancient site and village

Jordanie

Department for International Development UKAID

Titre : The Living Museum of Umm Qais : Sustainable preservation, analysis and virtual reconstruction of Gadara’s ancient site and village

Pays : Jordanie

Numéro du projet : GB-GOV-13-FUND—Newton-AH_S011609_1

Organismes de mise en œuvre : University of Leeds

Durée : Actual Start 01 Feb 2019 // Actual End31 Jan 2021

Objectif partiel
The proposed project aims to record, preserve, and analyse the endangered and multi-layered heritage site of Umm Qais including the Ottoman village houses, tracing their origins and materials to ancient Gadara’s plan. It will develop a coherent understanding of the distinctive layers of the Greek, Roman and Ottoman heritage and more recent cultural heritage practices and products. The project looks not only on the archaeological and physical fabric of Umm Qais but also on ways to enhance the local community’s socio-cultural engagement with the site through skills development and capacity building in digital heritage and tourism enterprise, with the ultimate aim to raise the profile of the site and make it economically sustainable. Our interdisciplinary research team brings pioneering scientific research and innovative methods into using digital and virtual heritage technologies to record, preserve and disseminate the site’s archaeological features and historic significance to the local, national and international tourism community and as a catalyst for ’Decent Work and Economic Growth’ (UN SDG 8). The project will specifically address UN SDG 2030 target on devising and implementing policies to promote sustainable tourism that creates jobs and promotes local culture and products. It will inform the sustainable preservation of the site, fostering novel economic opportunities, and design an effective public engagement platform for local communities. The key research question is : ""How effective is the integration of archaeological research, LiDAR scanning, and virtual technologies in synthesising novel and evidence-based findings on historical evolution and conditions of Umm Qais’ heritage and guiding a community-led sustainable development strategy that will re-engage community members, attract global tourism and shape dynamic economy around heritage and tourism enterprises ?"" As such, the proposed research has four main objectives that will : a) undertake archival and archaeological research on the history and architecture of the Ottoman Houses and Central Gadara. We will use material analysis techniques mapping history, components and spatial structure of the ancient city. Fieldwork surveys will also identify elements at risk for priority protection and conservation.

Financement : UK - Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
Project budget : £200,719

Présentation (UKAID)

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