In the painted Roman-period tomb at Bayt Ras in Irbid, SCHEP supported members of the Bayt Ras International Consortium to conduct excavation and conservation work including hand drawings, photos, technical surveys, and “first aid” cleaning and conservation of the frescoes.
SCHEP-supported interventions have resulted in a set of topographic maps, laser scans, and models of the tomb that have allowed many students, experts, and enthusiasts to learn more about Bayt Ras even if they cannot enter the tomb itself. Security is vital to the long-term survival of any site, but particularly for a previously undiscovered site like this tomb in Bayt Ras. The Bayt Ras project has therefore also enhanced the site, including securing the area with fencing and assigning guards at the entrance.
During the 2018 – 2022 extension period, SCHEP continues to support the Bayt Ras Tomb Project through grants and technical support for excavation, conservation, documentation, publication, capacity building, and awareness activities.
For more information about SCHEP work at Bayt Ras from 2014 to 2018, see our publication, The Story of SCHEP, 2014-2018.