Forword by the Director General   
 
Dear visitors,

Welcome to the website of the Department of Antiquities of Jordan (DoA). On our website you can find useful information about the rich and diverse cultural heritage of Jordan. You can also be informed on the mission and responsibilities of the Department of Antiquities, the legislative framework that governs the cultural heritage of Jordan, excavation and conservation projects that are taking place as well cultural heritage management projects. The Department of Antiquities' website will be constantly updated with new information and will include announcements concerning the activities of DoA.
The Department of Antiquities of Jordan (DoA) is the official institutional authority mandated by law with the responsibilities of studying, interpreting, conserving, developing, monitoring and protecting Jordan's cultural heritage legacy including archaeological sites, monuments, and traditional architecture. DoA is also responsible for the establishment of and running of public archaeological museums.

Jordan is located at the crossroads of ancient and modern Middle Eastern civilizations. The kingdom lies in the heart of one of the most historically important and intellectually intriguing regions on earth. Jordan’s diverse legacy of antiquities and archeological sites attests to its rich history as a crossroads of civilizations, many of which left their unique mark behind. Collected over thousands of years, this legacy represents the origin and evolution of several religions, cultures, economies and societies. It is Jordan’s heritage, which lends the country the unique characteristic of an open air museum, and offers the potential for deeper multicultural and religious understanding through the study of this heritage.

Jordan’s heritage is one of its strongest tourism assets, and the relics left behind as a result of this vibrant past are irreplaceable treasures. Tourism in Jordan, led by heritage tourism, is the largest single contributor to the productive economy. Yet much potential exists to increase this contribution by improving the management and utilization of Jordan’s cultural and heritage assets, while at the same time protecting them and ensuring their sustainability.

The archaeological heritage of Jordan has suffered considerably from illicit excavations and illegal trade of antiquities. Unfortunately, these illegal activities have recently been systematic and have intensified to reach a frightening scale. These activities deprived Jordan of some of its most outstanding archaeological treasures. It is my hope that the website site and other educational activities of the Department will help in alleviating this huge challenge by effectively serving to enhance the public awareness, appreciation and understanding of the value and significance of cultural heritage among ordinary people.  

In order to effectively fulfill its mandate, the Department of Antiquities has recently embarked on an ambitious reform and capacity building program. The reform program includes new strategic directions that outline how DoA carries out its mandate in the documentation, interpretation, conservation, presentation and management of Jordan’s cultural heritage. This is reflected in the restructuring of the Department's organizational structure to establish new directorates that are charged with these tasks in order to meet the new challenges. Capacity building programs to substantially improve and update the department's facilities and to develop and upgrade its human resources will reinforce these efforts and ensure the department achieves the planned results.

Success of the reform and capacity building program requires wide support from the Government of Jordan, the private sector, international partners and local communities. The road ahead is a challenging one, but one that must be taken to keep safe Jordan’s heritage treasures for the enjoyment and education of future generations, and to support Jordan’s development goals by contributing to the national economy through tourism.