This course introduces the concept, values and basic definitions of cultural and natural heritage as well as its historical, political, cultural and institutional frameworks. A key part of the course concentrates on exploring and understanding the principles and processes of heritage identification, conservation and presentation. The course seeks as well to develop students' knowledge of international and comparative charts and law for the protection of cultural and natural heritage and the legal and ethical issues related to it.
This course introduces the concept, definitions and values of Natural Heritage and provides frameworks for understanding nature and its functioning and how to protect and manage its resources. A broad but comprehensive overview on the fundamentals of biodiversity as well as of terrestrial, marine and fresh water ecosystems will be given. Particular emphasis will be placed on the ecology and management of natural places and wildlife in Jordan.
This course introduces the concept of environmental archaeology and provides a comprehensive overview of past human interactions with the natural world. It includes a systematic review of the various natural elements that impact spatial distribution of human activities, development of his economy and the archaeological record. A background on the geological, zoological, climatological and botanical approaches that account for the reconstruction of ancient environments and past human economy will be given.
This course explains how to use the concepts and methods of earth sciences in the interpretation of archaeological records and human past, as well as in the preservation and conservation of archaeological sites and artifacts. Topics include the reconstruction of past landscapes and site formation processes through the analysis and interpretation of sediments and soils associated with archaeological remains.
This course explains fundamentals, methods and techniques of recording and documentation in the field of cultural heritage. Through systematic introducing of Key concepts and methods of data collection, analyzing and management, students learn how to achieve an effective and sustainable documentation that meets the strategic goals of the heritage preservation and fits with specific conservation, research or information management needs.
The course reviews basic principles, methods and techniques used in the conservation and restoration of archaeological structures and historic buildings. Emphasis will be placed on the understanding of the materials and systems of ancient structures and of the factors and processes leading to deterioration as well as on how to choose appropriate strategies, techniques and materials for specific conservation and restoration practices.
This course defines and describes the physical and chemical characteristics of organic and non-organic materials constituting, generally, archaeological objects. In addition, the course explains the internal and external factors of deterioration affecting different archaeological artifacts, and how the deterioration processes took place.