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The Archaeology and History of Jerash: 110 Years of Excavations - 02-03/03/2017, Copenhagen (Denmark)

10.01.2017

 

110 years ago, in 1907, the first excavations were undertaken in Jerash. It was the beginning of an intensive and continuous period of research in this major city of the Decapolis. Large-scale excavations were undertaken in the 1920s and 1930s after the institution of the mandate. These were followed by several international projects, most nameworthy the large initiative begun in the late 1970s, Jerash Archaeological Project. From the outset of excavations within the urban space of Jerash, the Greco-Roman city Gerasa with its public monuments along the cardo was one of the foci. Furthermore, Christian churches found special interest in the early years as well as in later periods. In the last decennia, research interests have shifted, moving away from the large public monuments to the areas beyond the city centre and chronological focus left behind the classical and early Christian periods and encompassed the later periods, in particular the Early and Middle Islamic periods. Also, the restoration and preservation of the monuments and the presentation to the public have become important issues but also challenges. These changed interests reflect current questions of archaeology, which have intensified the view of long-term transformations and the transitional periods as well as relations between city and hinterland.

 

FECHA/DATE/DATA: 02-03/03/2017


LUGAR/LOCATION/LUOGO: Royal Danish Academy of Sciences and Letters (Copenhagen, Denmark)

 

ORGANIZADOR/ORGANIZER/ORGANIZZATORE: Rubina Raja; Achim Lichtenberger


INFO: web - levisen@cas.au.dk - Rubina.raja@cas.au.dk


INSCRIPCIÓN/REGISTRATION/REGISTRAZIONE: Rubina.raja@cas.au.dk

 

fecha límite / deadline / scadenza: 15/02/2017

 

PROGRAMA/PROGRAM/PROGRAMMA:

 

Thursday 2 March 2017

 

8:30 Registration and coffee (3rd floor)

 

Introduction (1st floor – meeting hall)

 

9:00 Introduction

Achim Lichtenberger and Rubina Raja

 

9:15 Archaeological Research in Jerash and the Danish-German Northwest Quarter Project 2011-2016

Achim Lichtenberger and Rubina Raja

 

Session 1: The landscape (Chair: Rubina Raja)

 

10:15 The role of landscape in the occupational history of Gerasa and its hinterland

Don Boyer

 

11:15 Soils, sediments and environmental history: Introducing geosciences to archaeology at Jerash

Genevieve A. Holdridge, Kristine Thomsen, Søren M. Kristiansen and Ian A. Simpson

 

12:15 Lunch

 

Session 2: Spatial organisation (Chair: Rubina Raja)

 

13:15 Suburban life in southwest Jarash from the Roman to the Abbasid period

Louise Blanke

 

14:15 Urbanism at Islamic Jarash: New readings from archaeology and history

Alan Walmsley

 

15:15 The Northwest Quarter of Jerash: Outlines of a settlement history

Georg Kalaitzoglou

 

16:15 Break

 

Session 3: Buildings in the cityscape (Chair: Achim Lichtenberger)

 

16:45 The Artemis Temple in Jarash: Overreaching or resistance?

Massimo Brizzi

 

17:45 The ‘great eastern baths’ of Jerash/Gerasa: Balance of knowledge and ongoing research

Thomas Lepaon

 

18:45 A Byzantine thermopolium on the main colonnaded street in Gerasa

Daniela Baldoni

 

20:00 Dinner in town

 

Friday 3 March 2017

 

8:30 Coffee (3rd floor)

 

Session 1: Site management (1st floor – meeting hall) (Chair: Achim Lichtenberger)

 

9:00 The challenges facing Jerash archaeological site development

Ali Al Khayyat

 

10:00 Recent Italian restoration work and excavation in the Sanctuary of Artemis

Roberto Parapetti

 

11:00 Break

 

Session 2: Written records – archaeological finds (Chair: Achim Lichtenberger)

 

11:30 Why did Hadrian spend the winter of 129/130 in Gerasa?

Jacques Seigne

 

12:30 Romans in Gerasa: A Greek inscription from the hippodrome excavations

Pierre-Louis Gatier

 

13:30 Lunch

 

Session 3: An abundance of records (Chair: Rubina Raja)

 

14:30 Tell Abu Suwwan, Jerash, Jordan: Neolithic skulls and rituals

Maysoon al Nahar

 

15:30 High pottery quantity: Some remarks on ceramics in context from the Danish-German Jerash Northwest Quarter Project

Heike Möller

 

16:30 Break

 

17:00 Working with coins in Jerash: Problems, solutions and preliminary results

Ingrid and Wolfgang Schulze

 

18:00 Forensic investigations of the Jerash glass

Gry Barfod

 

19:00 Final discussion and publication process

 

20:00 Dinner in town

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