Amman- 22 January 2020

The prestigious Athar Award for Cultural Heritage Conservation in the Arab Region has announced its short list of nominees for the 2019 Award. Experts from across the Arab world evaluated projects submitted for the award, and included in it the project submitted by the GJU Center for the Study of Natural and Cultural Heritage.

CSNACH has been busy with the documentation, planning and rehabilitating of the Nabatean flood control system in Wadi Madras/Wadi Hraimieh in Petra since 2017 with a generous grant from the US Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation.

The project involved detailed documentation, training, hydrological modelling, design of monitoring systems and rebuilding of selected terraces and check dams in the targeted area. This work will help mitigate the problem of flash floods in the Treasury area of Petra, and will also train people of the local community on the best practices in terrace and check dam designing, building and maintenance.

The project team consists of Professor Nizar Abu-Jaber, Dr. Qasem Abdelal (GJU), Professor Khaldoon al Qudah, Dr. Abdallah Rawabdeh (Yarmouk University), Catreena Hamarneh (German Protestant Institute for Archaeology in Amman) and Architect Safa Joudeh (freelancer).