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The 11th International Conference
on the History & Archaeology of Jordan
Under the patronage of HRH Prince El Hassan bin Talal



The International Conference on the History & Archaeology of Jordan (ICHAJ), to be held in Paris from 7 to 12 June 2010, is the eleventh in a series of scientific conferences initiated for the first time in 1980 by HRH Prince Hassan bin Talal of Jordan. Prince Hassan has continued to grant his patronage to successive ICHAJ meetings, at times in association with the Hashemite Royal Court. In 1989 HRH Queen Noor Al Hussein personally inaugurated the conference that was held in Lyon, France.
ICHAJ is held every three years in partnership with a local academic institution in a different international venue - Oxford in the UK; Amman, Irbid and Petra in Jordan; Tübingen in Germany; Lyon in France; Turin in Italy; Copenhagen in Denmark; Sydney in Australia; and Washington, DC, in the United States. In 2010 the conference will be held for the first time in Paris.
The event will gather a large number of scholars from a variety of disciplines – History of the Antiquity, the medieval, modern and contemporary periods, Archaeology, and Anthropology – who conduct research on Jordan or its immediate neighbours in relation with Jordan. ICHAJ is an opportunity to present and discuss current work on the Jordanian heritage, to highlight recent scholarly development on this important region of the Near East, and to share findings with a broader public. As in previous events, ICHAJ 11 will devote a large part of its programme to discussions and decisions about the conservation and the presentation of heritage, in Jordan and other international contexts. The department concerned with education and research in the field of heritage conservation at the University of Paris I-Sorbonne, the local organiser of the Paris conference, will be closely associated to the work of the conference.
Proceedings of the ICHAJ conferences are published by the Jordanian Department of Antiquities in its Studies in History and Archaeology of Jordan series that comprises of 10 volumes to date. Further dissemination is undertaken by international host institutions, at times through exhibitions on the heritage of Jordan (such as the one held in Lyon in 1989 on the Mosaics of Jordan) or through the publication of volumes that popularize these institutions' work on Jordan.
The theme of each conference is broad and decided by the Jordanian scientific committee and that of the host country. These committees also oversee the organisation of the conference and various side events.
Institutions involved in the organisation of ICHAJ 11 are the Jordanian Department of Antiquities, the French Institute for the Near East (Ifpo – USR 3135 / UMIFRE 6) and the University of Paris I-Sorbonne (in connection with the CNRS-UMR 7041 « Archéologie et Sciences de l’Antiquité », Maison de l’Archéologie et de l’Ethnologie René Ginouvès, Nanterre).

Conference Theme

“Changes and Challenges”, this year's conference theme, will allow participants to address the relevance of a number of tools and technologies - IT; physical, chemical, and biological analyses; geological data; GIS; and data bases - for an improved understanding of Jordan's history from the more ancient times to the present. Because historical remains require preservation and presentation to a large public, another important focus of the conference will be on the challenges facing the valorization of Jordan's heritage. Finally, Jordanian and international archaeologists and anthropologists will present the findings of excavations and surveys undertaken over the last three years.


In collaboration with the country hosting the event, conference proceedings are periodically published by the Department of Antiquities of Jordan in its series “Studies in History and Archaeology of Jordan”.

Location of the conference

The conference will take place in 4 rooms of the Institut National d'Histoire de l'Art (INHA), 2 rue Vivienne 75002 Paris.
Subway stations: line 3 Bourse ; lines 7, 14 Pyramides ; line 1 Palais Royal-Musée du Louvre. Buses : among other lines : 20, 39, 48.