About ACOR

Located in Amman, Jordan, the American Center of Oriental Research (ACOR) promotes research and publication across disciplines with a special emphasis on archaeology in the Middle East. ACOR’s main activities include archaeological excavation, conservation and restoration projects, a fellowship program for scholars, hosting public lectures, academic programs, and engaging local communities in cultural resource management through the implementation of USAID's SCHEP program. In addition to this wide range of activities, ACOR has one of the best libraries for archaeology and Middle Eastern studies in Jordan. This library is open for public use, and completely free of charge. ACOR also offers hostel accommodations for fellows, researchers and other interested parties.

Founded in 1968, ACOR promotes study, teaching, and increased knowledge of ancient and Middle Eastern studies with Jordan as a focus. ACOR's permanent headquarters opened in 1986 near the University of Jordan. ACOR's dedication to this mission appears in all of its activities.

  • To provide a large library and residential and hostel facilities, creating a stimulating environment for researchers.
  • To offer fellowships and scholarships to faculty and students.
  • To connect foreign scholars pursuing research with Jordanian academic and government institutions.
  • To sponsor public lectures mainly on archaeology and other outreach programs.
  • To publish books and newsletters.
  • To facilitate teaching and training programs.
  • To assist archaeological field projects in Jordan.
  • To undertake cultural research management and conservation initiatives as well as excavation and documentation projects.
ACOR is a private nonprofit academic organization registered with the government of Jordan and also tax exempt in the United States as a 501(c)(3) organization as determined by the United States Internal Revenue Service. ACOR is supported by grants, contributions from foundations, corporations, and individuals as well as by ACOR endowments and funds generated by the Amman operations.

Steering Committee:

Dr. Barbara Porter

Director of ACOR



Nisreen Abu al Shaih

Chief Financial Officer & Deputy Director of ACOR



Dr. Jack Green

Associate Director