Umm el-Jimal, Jordan
Umm el-Jimal, continuously occupied from the 1st through 9th centuries AD, contains an early Roman-era village and adjacent Byzantine and early Islamic period towns. The site includes a wealth of inscriptions in Nabatean, Greek, Latin, and Arabic and is an exceptional example of a prosperous agricultural town on the frontier of the Roman, Byzantine, and Islamic empires. Umm el-Jimal is currently threatened by neglect, looting, a lack of shared ownership, and very few economic opportunities for residents.
Scholars working at the Jordanian site of Umm el-Jimal have created a bilingual educational manual to help students around the world learn about this important archaeological site.
Umm el-Jimal Project team members give an update about the educational curriculum they are putting together as part of an AIA Site Preservation grant.
The site of Umm el-Jimal in Jordan will benefit from the AIA's next Site Preservation Grant which will be used to ensure the long-term preservation through education and outreach.