Department of Antiquities, along with USAID and the Italian Embassy helped to
launch the Madaba Regional Archaeological Museum Project (MRAMP).
under the patronage of H.E. Director General of the Department of Antiquities,
Dr. Monther Jamhawi, other speakers at the event included H.E. Italian
Ambassador to Jordan Mr. Giovanni Brauzzi and USAID Jordan Economic Development
and Energy Acting Director, Ms. Elizabeth Feary. Despite these distinguished
guests, the spirit of the event was community, which was reflected by the large
number of members of the Madaba community who attended along with international
archaeologists and other cultural heritage enthusiasts.
heritage is at the core of our shared identity and nowhere is this clearer than
in Madaba. We’re so excited to be working with Italian and American teams to
bring together cultural heritage from the entire region,” said Dr. Jamhawi.
along Madaba’s main tourist street in Madaba Archaeological Park West, the
envisioned museum’s innovative design will incorporate the existing Roman,
Byzantine, and Islamic period structures on site, as well as displaying
artifacts found in the numerous historical and archaeological sites in the
Madaba region. The MRAMP team sees the museum as a place for the local
community, visitors, and scholars to come together to celebrate cultural and
history from the Iron Age until today.
project has long been in the minds and hearts of the international MRAMP
Co-Directors: Dr. Douglas Clark, La Sierra University, USA; Dr. Suzanne
Richards, Gannon University, USA; Dr. Andrea Polcaro, Perugia University,
Italy; Dr. Marta D’Andrea, LaSapienza University, Italy; and Project
Coordinator Basem Mahamid, Madaba Regional Office, the Department of
Antiquities. The consortium has worked in the Madaba area for more than 30
years collectively and feel a strong tie to the place that has hosted them and
been the focus for much of their academic work.
to ensure that the community is involved in this project, every step of the
way. The whole MRAMP team has worked in the Madaba area for years and years,
and we want to give back. That’s why we’re working to boost employment, both
directly through our project, but also by drawing in more visitors,” said Dr.
Douglas Clark, Co-Director of MRAMP.
is a subgrantee of USAID’s Sustainable Cultural Heritage Through Engagement of
Local Communities Project (SCHEP). This four year project takes a unique,
community-first approach to preserving, managing, and promoting cultural
heritage in Jordan. USAID SCHEP is implemented by The American Center of
Oriental Research (ACOR). ACOR and USAID have previously collaborated in
Madaba, when a previous USAID grant funded conservation and restoration work in
Feary of USAID Jordan noted, “These collaborate, truly international projects
are those that the American people are happy to support. This is what effective
international cooperation looks like.”
addition to support from USAID, MRAMP is supported by La Sierra University,
Gannon University, Perugia University, Sapienza University, the American Center
of Oriental Research (ACOR), USAID SCHEP, and the Department of Antiquities.