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



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)



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




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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