Inaugurated by Her Majesty Queen Rania Al-Abdullah on October 13th 2003
This exhibition, first displayed in the Royal Museums of Art and History in Brussels,
was held during 3 weeks in two rooms of the modern City Hall, Ras al 'Ain, in Amman.
The exhibition was arranged into different topics showing the excavation results at Lehun,
the modern techniques and sciences used during the 17 research seasons, a parallel study between
ancient and present daily life at the site and the future museums and national archaeological park
of al-Lahun. More than 50 schools as well as parents with their children took interest in our educational program especially
conceived for this exhibition.
Room I was dedicated to the geomorphology of the Wadi Mujib region, the
chronology of al-Lahun from geological periods untill now and of course the archaeological excavations
and their results which were the most attractive part of this room. Photographs of the
fortified Early Bronze town, the Late Bronze/Iron Age village, the Iron Age fortress,
the Nabataean temple, the Mameluke mosque and the Ottoman houses provided a clear
overview of the history of Jordan in general.
(click here for a summary of the different periods).
Room II concentrated on the daily life of both archaeologists and villagers,
the scientific aspects of the research, the program for children and the presentation of our website.
Several panels also showed the contribution of the European Union to the future of al-Lahun.
Educational Pilot Project: this project was elaborated by the eMuze Foundation
(Consultant for Cultural Heritage Education) in collaboration with the Belgian Excavations.
Children and young adolescents often have an appeal for history, archaeology, geology, traditional crafts etc.
The program aimed to promote the richness of Jordan's cultural heritage, using the archaeological site of
al-Lahun as an example.
All periods of the history of Jordan were illustrated through the educational materials:
- A cast of a "tell" conceived by the Department of Antiquities of Jordan, allowed the children
to make their own little excavation and even discover some objects.
- Educational leaflets "Young archaeologists at the site of al-Lahun" were provided for
children between the age of 9 and 13 to introduce them to the fascinating
archaeological world in Jordan.
- Mystery boxes: "boxes" with genuine materials to be touched or smelled
by children and visually disabled people. This educational method gives them the possibility
to learn about the different materials shown on the photographs in the exhibition.
- Puzzling game: children could arrange photographs about the different stages
of the archaeological work in the proper order.
- Drawings and sketches: inspired by the exhibition many children made a drawing to be
shown on a special panel afterwards. The youngest children often preferred to color one of the
Multimedia: nowadays visitors to archaeological exhibitions, museums and
excavation sites enjoy to get additional information through multimedia programs.
Therefore a documentary film about the excavation was shown during the exhibition and
one could always visit the website of al-Lahun. We would like to thank
H.R.H. Princess Sumayya for placing a personal computer at our disposal.
Contribution of the European Union: al-Lahun has been chosen for the project
"Protection and Promotion of the Cultural Heritage in the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan",
financed by the EU. The excavation area will become an "Archaeological Park" and the
dig house a "Regional Museum". In the future museum we will incorporate a projection room
and a special section for children with several educational activities and games such as
painting, drawing, modelling, etc. Our main purpose is to make the local young people aware of
the historical and cultural richness of their country. Furthermore one of the Ottoman houses
will be transformed into a "Folklore Museum" where rural life of the last century will be
illustrated and where the interconnection between nomadic and sedentary populations will be
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