ACOR and the Getty Research Institute Proudly Present:
“Human Heritage: Preserving Palmyra, Petra, and Hatra”
Hosted on Zoom on Wednesday, June 16, 2021
About the program:
Cohosted in Arabic and English by the Getty Research Institute and the American Center of Research in Jordan, this program brings together archaeologists from these regions to gain insights on the future of these once vibrant cities and efforts toward their preservation.
The ancient histories of Palmyra (Syria), Petra (Jordan), and Hatra (Iraq) tell a story of cultural exchange: their citizens shared trade routes, built comparable monuments, and worshiped common local and regional gods. These cities’ universal value has been recognized by local and global communities, but protecting and preserving their remnants as a shared human heritage remains a significant challenge.
About the panelists:
Dr. Salam Al Kuntar is assistant dean of Middle Eastern Affairs at Rutgers Global and assistant professor of archaeology at Rutgers New-Brunswick’s Department of Classics. She is a National Geographic explorer, a consulting scholar at the Penn Museum, and the chair of Syrians for Heritage (SIMAT), a cultural heritage association based in Berlin.
Dr. Suleiman Ali Al-Farajat is the chief commissioner of the Petra Development and Tourism Region Authority in Jordan. He previously served as the commissioner for the Petra Archaeological Park. His research interests focus on tourism planning and development around World Heritage Sites and empowering local communities.
Dr. Yasmin Abdulkareem Mohammed Ali is an assistant professor of archeology and ancient arts in the Department of Archeology and dean of the College of Archaeology at the University of Mosul. She is the director of the Preserving Community Heritage of Mosul project, which documents heritage buildings throughout the city and provides records for future preservation work.
Dr. Helen Malko is associate director for fellowships and programming at the American Center of Research in Jordan. Her research centers on Middle Eastern archaeology and cultural heritage, cultural representation in museums, and ideas of historical consciousness.
We hope to see you again soon for future ACOR lectures!