Future of Lehun


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In order to promote the national tourism policy in Jordan and to protect Jordan's cultural heritage at the site of Lehun (and the Wadi Mujib Region) and corresponding to the agreements with the Department of Antiquities of Jordan, to transform the Belgian Excavation House into a "Regional Museum", the Lehun excavations were incorporated as a pilot project into the Umm Ar-Rasas plan, financed by the European Community.
It was also decided that the excavation area would become a "National Geo-archaeological Park" (showing both the influence of man and nature on the evolution of the country). A special link will be made between the archaeological sites of Lehun and Umm Ar-Rasas, keeping their individual characteristics. These sites, very close to one another, on the same access road, are complementary. They give us an overview of the Jordanian civilisation in a historical, geographical as well as a sociological way. All historical periods are present in the archaeological remains of Lehun, except for the Byzantine period, which is well represented at Umm Ar-Rasas. In Lehun one can study nomadic and agricultural settlements, while in Umm Ar-Rasas the religious, spiritual and military life is better represented. These complementary contrasts are one of the most interesting features in the joint project. 
Besides that, Lehun is a very attractive site for tourists: the stunning beauty of the Wadi Mujib valley; the amazing panorama on the Kerak plateau, which can be seen from the cliffs and the future Museum; and the appealing archaeological remains providing a complete overview of the history of Jordan, from geological periods till the present. 
Preservation, promotion and exhibitions in the archaeological Museum, will attract Jordanian as well as foreign visitors. The objectives of the future museum include: informing the visitors and preserving the archaeological finds of the region; conserving the excavated objects; making use of the latest display technology (e.g. multimedia) to show the site in its cultural, human and tourist environment. 
Furthermore, a "Museum for Children" will be incorporated in the archaeological Lehun Museum. As it is important to start the education of children very early, a place where they can realise different activities in connection with their visit (drawing, painting, modelling, etc.) is foreseen in the Pottery room. A projection room and a workshop with creative plays should be regularly used by local and visiting children to make them aware of the richness of their country  [Figure]. One of the Ottoman houses of Lehun will be transformed into a "Folklore Museum" where rural life of the last century will be illustrated and show the interconnection between nomadic and sedentary populations. 
The Belgian Committee of Excavations in Jordan was asked to provide technical services for the preparation of this project, which will be called: « Protection and Promotion of Cultural Heritage in the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan »



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