LEHUN NEWS
Issue 2 - July 2003 Homepage

FOLLOW UP ON THE EXHIBITION AL-LAHUN AND THE KING'S HIGHWAY
by Prof. Dr. Denyse Homès-Fredericq


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 sketches.

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 explained.

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Some photographs of the exhibition.










In our next issues:
- The Islamic Mosque
- The LB/IA private dwellings
- The EB pottery
- The olive presses of al-Lahun


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