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June 20 2021 6:40 AM ˚

Italy hands over to Jordan archaeological finds in southern region

Italian embassy hands over to Jordan prehistoric archaeological finds
The Italian embassy hands over to Jordan prehistoric archaeological finds discovered by the Italian Mission in the Hisma Basin and in Wadi Rum, June 6, 2021. (Photo: Handout from the Italian embassy)
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AMMAN — The Italian embassy on Sunday handed over to Jordan prehistoric archaeological finds discovered by the Italian Mission in the Hisma Basin and in Wadi Rum.اضافة اعلان

The handover of the ancient items took place at a ceremony attended by Italian Ambassador to Jordan Fabio Cassese, Acting Director General of the Department of Antiquities (DoA) Ahmad Juma’a Alshami and the deputy head of Aqaba Special Economic Zone Authority (ASEZA), Sharhabeel Madi.

According to a statement by the Italian embassy, the mission started over forty years ago in Wadi Rum by Edoardo Borzatti, a professor at the University of Florence and his team. He was succeeded by Luca Pollarolo.

The mission has made “extraordinary discoveries that testify the prehistory and history of the region from about 1.2 million years ago until 3600 BC. The Italian scholars succeeded in collecting and analyzing about 40,000 objects from the Hishma Basin, including stone tools, anthropomorphic statues from the Chalcolithic period, graffiti representing humans, animals, hunting scenes and everyday life.”

Some of these finds were in Italy for study reasons and were then returned to Jordan during a ceremony held at the Ad-Diseh Research House founded by Prof. Borzatti. The embassy said, quoting Ambassador Cassese, who added: “Italy thus confirms its long-standing commitment to the protection of cultural heritage in the world and in particular in Jordan”.

“We are convinced,” the diplomat said, “that the cultural identity of a people is one of the main drivers for integral human development. Many concrete actions can be carried out, for example, in the field of sustainable tourism. We agreed a joint action with the Jordanian government, signing in recent days the Subsidiary Cooperation Agreement valid for 2021-2023”.

The storage and conservation of the archaeological finds is now the full responsibility of DoA and ASEZA, “which in recent years have involved the Italian Embassy in Amman and UNESCO for the valorization of this extraordinary heritage, an essential part for the culture of Southern Jordan.”


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