Although Jordan is home to more than 100,000 archaeological sites, most people can only name a small number, and have visited even fewer, if any. During the first phase of the project (2014-2018), SCHEP sought to change that, selecting nine cultural heritage sites across the country to develop, ranging from well-known locations such as Petra to those that rarely, if ever, received visitors. Given the diversity of the sites in question and the novelty of SCHEP’s community-oriented model, SCHEP and its partners had to work from scratch in many cases, and adapt and customize their projects for each site.
Ethical and effective site development is at the heart of SCHEP’s mission, and the project team has worked to enhance each of its related sites, developing paths for visitors to experience the site and interpretive panels to help people understand what they see before them. Although specific forms of intervention necessarily varied from site to site, the ultimate goal was to ensure that each one was able to reach its potential as a destination for education, exploration, and community-building.
Building on prior collaboration with multiple CHR initiatives, and in conjunction with efforts to establish the OLEs, SCHEP continues to work with the Bayt Ras Tomb Project and the Madaba Regional Archaeological Museum Project. SCHEP supports these projects with grants and technical assistance to help them achieve their goals of preserving and studying the Roman hypogeum in Bayt Ras and establishing a new regional museum in Madaba, respectively.
For more information about SCHEP-supported work at each of these sites, see our publication, The Story of SCHEP, 2014-2018.