LEHUN NEWS
Issue 3 - June 2005 Homepage

PRESS RELEASE
by Malcolm Duff


AL LAHUN EUROPEAN COMMISSION APPOINTS CONTRACTORS FOR PRESERVATION AND SUPERVISION.


The Delegation of the European Commission to Jordan and the Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities today announced the award of a contract for the Preservation and Presentation Works at Al Lehun archaeological site. The contract has been awarded to Nabil Naber Foundation.  In addition a contract has been awarded to Engicon to supervise the works. "The support of the European Commission is highly appreciated" said the Minister of Tourism and Antiquities Dr. Alia Bouran "The award of these two contracts is an important step in preparing the exciting site at Al Lehun to receive visitors. Also the important work carried out by the Belgian Committee for Excavations in Jordan in cooperation with the Department of Antiquities will be visible once the works have been completed. We expect this cultural tourism project will also bring economic benefits to the local community."
The preservation work forms part of the comprehensive support provided to the Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities by the European Commission. A spokesperson for the Department of Antiquities confirmed that the site at Al Lehun is very important as it gives a complete overview of the history of settlement in Jordan from the Palaeolithic period until the present. Al Lehun is a most attractive site for tourists; it is set on the cusp of the stunning beauty of the Wadi Mujib with the amazing panorama onto the Kerak plateau that can be seen from the cliffs and from the proposed Museum.
Mr. Robert van der Meulen, Ambassador/Head of Delegation of the European Commission Delegation to Jordan confirmed the award saying "We are delighted to support the efforts of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan to both preserve its archeological assets and share them with the public within the context of the National Tourism Strategy."
He continued "The European Commission has been supporting the Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities (MoTA), the Department of Antiquities and the Jordan Tourism Board through a long term programme to build capacity. With the award of these contracts our partners and the European Commission have taken a big step towards developing an important new cultural heritage visitor experience at Al Lehun that will benefit both national tourism efforts and the economy of the local community."
The works include the redevelopment of the existing Dig House into a small regional museum, preservation works to a number of structures, protection works around a number of significant buildings, construction of access paths and viewing platforms. There will also be new signs, interpretation materials and information panels. Construction of the works is expected to begin immediately and will take eight months to complete.

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