The International Aslah Project

Report on the 2011 and 2012 Seasons

by Laurent Gorgerat and Robert Wenning, with a note by Laila Nehmé

I. Acknowledgments

The second and third field seasons of the International Aṣlaḥ Project (IAP) lasted from 7th to 28th of April 2011 and from 12th to 29th of March 2012. The IAP was initiated and organized by Prof. Dr Stephan G. Schmid, Co-director of the French-German research project „Early Petra“, which is sponsored by the German Research Association (DFG), the Excellence Cluster TOPOI at the Humboldt University Berlin, the Freiwillige Akademische Gesellschaft Basel (FAG), the Association for the Understanding of Ancient Cultures (AUAC) and the Stiftung für das Antikenmuseum Basel und Sammlung Ludwig. The campaigns were co-directed by Prof. Dr. Robert Wenning on behalf of Muenster University and Laurent Gorgerat of the Antikenmuseum Basel und Sammlung Ludwig. We would like to thank the Department of Antiquities of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan for its support and for granting the working permit. We would also like to thank IFPO ‚Ammān, especially its director Dr. Jacques Seigne, and GPI ‚Ammān, especially its director Dr. Jutta Haeser for accommodating the team during its stay in ‚Ammān. In Petra we were kindly supported by Dr. Emad Hijazeen, Commissioner of the Petra Archaeological Park & Cultural Heritage and Tahani Salhi, Director of Cultural Resources.

The team of the two seasons consisted of the following archaeologists and students: Prof. Dr. Robert Wenning (Münster), Laurent Gorgerat (MA, Basel), Aurélie Gorgerat (MA, Basel), Dr. Rolf Egli (Basel), Sebastian Hoffmann (student, Berlin), Thomas Kabs (student, Berlin) and Wiltrud Wenning (Münster).

The Department of Antiquities representatives were Haroun Amarat (2011) and Samiah Falahat (2012), whose help and advice was most welcomed. During the team’s sojourn at Nazzal’s Camp, Ali Chalaf al-Bdool was our camp manager and Suleiman Mohammad al-Bdool and his wife Aziza were our cooks.