The Danish-German

Jerash Northwest Quarter Project

Project outline

Directors: Prof. Dr. Rubina Raja and Prof. Dr. Achim Lichtenberger

Head of field: PD Dr. Georg Kalaitzoglou

Head of registration: Dr. Heike Möller (2015-2017)

In the year 2011, the joint archaeological project between Aarhus University and Ruhr University Bochum (later Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster) under the direction of Prof. Dr. Rubina Raja and Prof. Dr. Achim Lichtenberger was begun. The project is funded by the Carlsberg Foundation, H.P. Hjerl Hansens Mindefondet for Dansk Palæstinaforskning and the German Research Foundation (DFG). The aim of the project is to examine the settlement history for the until now largely unexplored Nothwest Quarter in the ancient city of Gerasa, modern Jerash in Jordan.

Gerasa was a Hellenistic-Roman influenced city, which was refounded in the 2nd century BC. The Northwest is densely covered with building structures laid out on a terrace system and stretches over the entire hill (app. 4 hectares). The area which is located within the walled ancient city is the highest point in the ancient city. One specific research focus is the settlement history of the hill and the continuities and changes which this area underwent over time.

To the west, the area is defined by the ancient city wall with the Northwest Gate and to the north by the North Decumanus. The exact layout of the North Decumanus close to a prominent hill slope is not yet known and is therefore one of the future areas of investigation. To the south, the area is defined by the end of the steep slope and to the east by the monumental Artemision from the 2nd century AD.

Previous field work in the area has been confined to the excavation of the so-called Synagoge Church by Hamilton (published in Kraeling 1938). The Synagoge was converted into a church around AD 530/531. A few trial trenches were laid out by British and American archaeologists in the early 1980s, but the results of these did not bring to light any substantial information about the history of the Northwest Quarter.


13th International Conference on the History and Archaeology of Jordan

2016.05.26Participants from the Danish-German Jerash Northwest Quarter Project present new results from the large-scale excavation.

Archaeologists studying a post-quake gap in Jerash history

2016.04.07AMMAN — The quarter close to Temple of Artemis in northwestern part of ancient Gerasa (Jerash) has not been explored enough in the past, so the aim of an archaeological project initiated by German and Danish universities in 2011 has been to investigate material evidence in the highest area within the city’s boundaries.

Achim Lichtenberger and Rubina Raja give invited lecture in Amman

2016.03.11Achim Lichtenberger and Rubina Raja gave an invited lecture at the American Centre for Oriental Research in Amman, Jordan on the 9th of March on the research undertaken by the Danish-German Northwest Quarter Project in Jerash. There was a full house of international colleagues and the representatives from the Department of Antiquities. The project will be featured in the Jordan Times and through channels distributed by the American Associated Press.

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