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, as well as many other projects.
In addition to this wide range of activities, ACOR has one of the best libraries for archaeology, cultural heritage studies, and Middle Eastern studies in Jordan. This library is open for public use by local and international students and researchers.
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 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.
ACOR’s Strategic Pillars