Project name: Employment through Heritage Project in partnership with the Department of Antiquities of Jordan
Duration: 48 months – ongoing
The ongoing project has three major objectives:
1) Creation of a legal framework for the CRM sector in order to formalize the job market.
2) Certification of trained Jordanian technicians in different fields of CRM to enter the job market.
3) Placement of certified Jordanian technicians.
The project is supported by the Swiss Drosos Foundation and is implemented in cooperation with the Department of Antiquities of Jordan (DOA).
In cooperation with DOA, Sela is facilitating the creation of national regulations for conservation and development of archaeological and heritage sites. Sela is training junior DOA employees within this projects,in order to build capacity for forthcoming enforcement of the regulations.
As part of EHP, Sela has currently two ongoing field projects: The emergency conservation of the Petra Garden and Pool Complex in Petra in cooperation with Pennstate University and the documentation and cleaning of the archaeological site of Qastal in cooperation with the DOA. Over the four years of the project, Sela will offer training opportunities in several communities all over the Hashemite Kingdom.
Project name: Training of Petra Archaeological Park junior employees
Location: Petra Garden and Pool Complex
Duration: 4 weeks
Hands-on training for 2 junior PAP employees in documentation, conservation principles and landscape rehabilitation.
Project name: Medieval Petra – Shawbak Project
Location: Jahyah – Shobak
In 2018 Sela implemented two on-the-job training programs under the scientific supervision of the University of Florence.
A four-weeks program in archaeological excavation techniques and a one-week follow up program in post season backfilling. Two members of the host community were trained within these programs.
Project: Hisban Cultural Heritage Project
Location: Tell Hesban
In 2018, Sela under the scientific supervision of Andrews University implemented three training programs in Hesban, as follows:
1) Archaeological excavation training program (3 weeks). Sela staff trained 18 members of the host community in excavation techniques and basic documentation.
2) Floatation training program (2 weeks). UCLA professor Alan Farhani trained 2 members of the host community and 3 employees of DOA in floation.
3) Post-season work program (2 weeks). Sela staff trained 4 members of the host community in post season interventions (e.g backfilling and emergency conservation)
4) Emergency conservation of mosaic floors (3 weeks). The company trained 4 members of the host community. The trainer was one of DOA mosaic conservator, Ziad AlAziz
Project: Ba’ja Archaeological Excavation
Location: Ba’ja – Petra region
The project implemented under the umbrella and scientific supervision of the University of Miami offered training opportunities in basic archaeological excavation techniques and squares backfilling to three young men from the host community of the Amarin village.
Project: Tell Hesban Training Workshop
Location: Tell Hesban
The project implemented under the umbrella and scientific supervision of Andrews University – Berrien Springs MI offered training opportunities in basic conservation techniques and archaeological squares backfilling.
Sela trained 6 young men from the host communities who participated in the two weeks onsite workshop in Hesban.
Project: Temple of the Winged Lions CRM Training Program
Location: Petra – Temple of Winged Lions
The project funded by the USAID program SCHEP (Sustainable Cultural Heritage through Engagement of local communities Project) and implemented under the umbrella and scientific supervision of the American Center of Oriental Research (ACOR) and the Department of Antiquities of Jordan (DOA) offered training opportunities in CRM at the Temple of the Winged Lions within the Petra Archaeological Park in southern Jordan.
Sela trained 67 technicians (young men and women between 18 and 40 years) from the host communities in the region of Petra in different aspects of CRM.
The on-the-job training consisted of theoretical and practical classes in documentation, archaeological excavation, conservation, landscape rehabilitation and site presentation.
Sela engaged the hosting communities through a series of public events onsite and offsite for families and community’s stakeholder.
Within this project, Sela began developing a database to manage and promote this network of experienced technicians.