$2.3m US-funded project launched to set up database for Jordan’s moveable cultural artifacts

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AMMAN—The Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities and the American Center of Research (ACOR), on Thursday, launched a project to set up a database for Jordan’s first comprehensive and national inventory of moveable cultural artifacts with a value of about $2.3 million, according to the Jordan News Agency, Petra.اضافة اعلان

The project seeks to preserve Jordan’s cultural antiquities and protect its rich cultural heritage.

Speaking at the launching ceremony, Director General of the Department of Antiquities (DoA), Fadi Balawi, stressed Jordan’s keenness to preserve cultural heritage by following up on antiquities inside and outside the Kingdom, praising the cooperation with the United States on the creation of Jordan’s first comprehensive national inventory of antiquities.

US Ambassador to Jordan Henry T. Wooster said that, "This inventory will of course help to retrieve trafficked artifacts in the future," adding that "it will also help Jordan’s many museums and centers to responsibly display its cultural heritage, which will in turn give a boost to the economy through tourism."

US. Deputy Assistant Secretary for Iran, Iraq, and Public Diplomacy Jennifer Gavito said that, "This investment is just a starting point," anticipating that the creation of a national inventory "to be a turning point in Jordan’s cultural heritage preservation efforts."

Director of ACOR, Pearce Paul Creasman, spoke about the cooperation between the US and Jordanian governments over the past decades, namely, in the areas of antiquities and cultural heritage.

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