A major problem facing sites like Busayra that date as far back as the Bronze Age is presentation to visitors. These sites often lack the impressive structures of later period sites. SCHEP’s goal at Busayra was to make it accessible to visitors by creating a pathway and developing signage to explain different aspects of this historic city. A panoramic station was also developed with a compass-oriented map that includes information about the direction and the distance of the main cities that were linked to ancient Busayra.
SCHEP worked with members of the local community in Busayra to create new interpretation materials for the archaeological site. The process began with the design of three different types of interpretative devices: the design of the main gate; the creation of a sixty-meter long mural painting depicting the history of Busayra over the centuries; and six interpretive signs installed along the trail.
Finally, in order to sustain awareness raising efforts, SCHEP in cooperation with the Ministry of Education (MOE) and the Busayra Secondary School for Boys developed a three-room annex to a local school to serve as a Heritage Lab. The Heritage Lab will promote archaeological awareness programs through providing spaces that contain educational materials, from which regional schools will also benefit through site visits and learning exchanges.
In total, SCHEP produced one welcoming sign and three informative signs for the archaeological site in Busayra. The informative signs are placed throughout the site along the interpretive trail, and provide important historical context on specific areas or aspects of the ancient city: the Temple, the Palace and Throne Room, and the Postern Gate and Fortifications.
For more information about SCHEP work at Busayra from 2014 to 2018, see our publication, The Story of SCHEP, 2014-2018.