• Faithful to my Homeland, the Republic of Poland



  • 24 June 2011

    After an absence of around 30 years, Poland is sending an excavation team to Jordan to implement a joint project with the Department and Antiquities and Yarmouk University, the head of the mission said on Thursday.


    Piotr Bielinski, director of the Polish Centre of Mediterranean Archaeology at Warsaw University, said Jordan has multi-period sites that offer great diversity, which prompted the mission’s decision.

    “In Jordan, there has not been much destruction in archaeological sites. It is easier to follow the evolution of settlers, and we can find things that we might not find in other countries,” Bielinski told The Jordan Times in an interview yesterday.

    “Archaeology [in Jordan] is fascinating because of the climate, which has helped preserve ruins,” he said, noting that the Kingdom is considered a kind of a laboratory for archaeologists.

    “Here, for example, we can study the relationship between settler and nomadic populations, as well as to the links between ethnicities and different dialects.” Bielinski said.

    Noting that the Polish centre conducts excavations in many countries of the region, he cited the high cost in Jordan as one of the reasons they suspended excavations.

    “The financial factor was a consideration, as excavation work in Jordan is very expensive compared to other countries… so having joint agreements with the host country will help,” Bielinski noted, adding another obstacle was access to water.

    But the mission decided to return due to interest in the Kingdom’s unique sites and for security reasons.

    “Jordan is a safe country and this encouraged us to come back,” he said.

    “We have a tradition of working in Jordan. In the beginning of the 1980s we were working with a French mission and the Department of Antiquities in Jerash,” Bielinski noted, adding that the centre’s strategy has changed now and it stipulates working in collaboration with the host country.

    The excavation work is expected to start next April, he noted, adding that the mission will decide on the sites in coordination with the Department of Antiquities.

    “In the beginning we will concentrate on Roman, Byzantine and Islamic archaeology. In the future, we expect to work in other sites from older periods,” Bielinski explained.

    Source: The Jordan Times

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