Glimpses from the Jerash exhibition

On Friday 24 February, a new exhibition opened at the Museum of Ancient Art in Aarhus.

2017.02.28 | Christina Levisen

Photo: Line Egelund

Photo: Line Egelund

Photo: Line Egelund

Photo: Line Egelund

The special exhibition "Jerash: Et dansk-tysk udgravningsprojekt i Jordan" (Eng. "Jerash: A Danish-German excavation project in Jordan") at the Museum of Ancient Aarhus, Aarhus University, introduces visitors to the large-scale excavation work in Gerasa, modern Jerash, Jordan. The exhibition opened on Friday 24 February with short speeches by Vinnie Nørskov (museum director) and Rubina Raja (professor of Classical Archaeology and head of the exhibition), followed by a reception. Approximately 50 people attended the opening.

Background

Since 2011, a Danish-German team has worked at the site, exploring the North-West Quarter of the ancient city. Here they have, among other things, uncovered large building structures, excavated glass and pottery sherds and studied water management in Roman and Islamic times. Based on this work, team members are seeking to gain a better understanding of ancient exchange networks and daily life in the city and surroundings. 

The exhibition offers insight into the methods employed by the team in their excavation efforts and for subsequent analysis and invites visitors to reflect on the research questions behind the work.

The Danish-German Jerash Northwest Quarter Project is directed by Professor Rubina Raja (Aarhus University) and Professor Achim Lichtenberger (Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster).

History and achaeology