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2012

Udhruh Archaeological Project Ancient water management and field systems in southern Jordan

Jordanie

Titre : Udhruh Archaeological Project Ancient water management and field systems in southern Jordan

Pays : Ethiopie

Date/Durée : 24-Oct-2012 // 31-Déc-2016

Résumé
The Udhruh Archaeological Project in southern Jordan, combines (geo)-archaeology, heritage management, sustainable tourism and environmental sciences. The Udhruh region with long continuity in antiquity, has great potential for regional heritage awareness, as a touristic satellite site for Petra, and discovered ancient water and field systems might contribute to future water management solutions

Contexte
The (semi) arid central plateau of southern Jordan is rich in archaeological remains from the Nabatean, Roman, Byzantine and Islamic periods. Apart from Petra, the World Heritage Site, southern Jordan is a poorly studied area, and the destruction of remote sites by looters is still a problem. The Petra College of Tourism and Archaeology emphasizes the importance of the archaeology, heritage management, and cultural tourism in this part of the country. The site of Udhruh – situated 15 km east of Petra - has enormous archaeological potential. This Roman fortress was continuously occupied as a town throughout the Byzantine and Islamic periods. Unlike other sites Udhruh has not been overbuilt by a bustling modern town and has been preserved in total. South of the fortress walls are the remains of an ancient and sustainable water management system. By studying this system we will try to help present-day populations manage their water and agriculture into the future.

Objectifs
The goals of this project are threefold. First, is to gain insight in the functioning of the ancient water management – qanat – system around Udhruh. The second goal is to train members of the local community in working at and dealing with parts of the cultural heritage as part of their environment. Lastly, to help raise local and regional awareness of the nowadays and future value of this water management system. In the long run we hope that the knowledge gained of this sustainable system can be put to use for future planning and agriculture in the region.

Partenaires
Mise en oeuvre : AHBT-University ; CommonSites ; Leiden University ; UAP
Suivi : Leiden University

Budget : 3 280 EUR

Présentation (akvorsr)

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