MRAMP is an international initiative of four archaeologists who conceived this project and who are committed to collaborating with a broad range of stakeholders in the preservation of the cultural heritage of Jordan (see under The MRAM Project [MRAMP] HERE). This American/Italian/Jordanian collaboration works in full partnership with the Department of Antiquities through in-country coordinator Basem al-Mahamid, Director of Museums in the DoA, Khaled Hawawreh, Regional DoA Office Director in Madaba, and a host of team members. We are also honored to collaborate with the Ministry of Tourism, American and Italian Embassies, and especially the American Center of Research (ACOR, formerly the American Center of Oriental Research) in Amman. Of primary importance in the development of MRAMP almost from its beginning is SCHEP (Sustainable Cultural Heritage through the Engagement of Local Communities Project), funded by USAID and implemented by ACOR. The project has benefitted in too many ways to count from this collaboration (visit SCHEP website HERE).
Over the past several years, MRAMP has successfully engaged a wide range of stakeholders who include the directors of more than a dozen active archaeological projects in the Madaba Region. In addition, MRAMP has benefitted from a long list of experts in Italy, such as those from Studio Strati, the Center for Ancient Mediterranean and Near Eastern Studies (CAMNES), Istituto per le Tecnologies Applicate ai Beni Culturali (ITABC-CNR), and Impresa Alessandrini Peppino Restauri Monumentali e Scavi Archeologici; in the US, such as CyArk (cyber archaeology through the use of digital technology), StoryCenter (training in the digital narration of local stories), VELF (the Virtual English Language Fellowship of the US Embassy in Amman which supports remote English language learning); and in Jordan, such as conservator Franco Sciorilli.
Other stakeholders include educational institutions such as universities (American University of Madaba, University of Jordan, Hashemite University, the German Jordan University) and Madaba elementary, middle, and high schools through the Department of Education; the Madaba Municipality and Governorate; other organizations in Madaba such as the Madaba Institute for Mosaic Art and Restoration (MIMAR); religious institutions (churches and mosques); and local businesses and business organizations, as well as the original families of Madaba. In addition, it has been a pleasure working with Imagine Technologies in Amman in the creation of this website.
The project acknowledges the generous support of all of these institutions, along with our respective universities. We would particularly like to recognize the financial support of the following international non-profit, governmental, and corporate agencies:
• 2016 - Harris Grant, ASOR (American Society of Overseas Research, formerly American Schools of Oriental Research)
• 2017-2019 – USAID (United States Agency for International Development)/ACOR(American Center of Research, formerly American Center of Oriental Research)/SCHEP (Sustainable Cultural Heritage through Engagement of Local Communities Project)--first grant cycle
• 2019-2021 – USAID/ACOR/SCHEP--second grant cycle
• 2019-2021 – AFCP (US Ambassador's Fund for Cultural Preservation)/CATF (Cultural Antiquities Task Force) - US Department of State
• 2017-2020 – Cultural Association C.E.S.A.R. (Centro di studi di eccellenza e ricerca archeologica di Roma)
• 2020 – Versacare Foundation Grant, Riverside, CA
• 2018-present – MAECI (Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation of Italy)
• 2020-2021 – AFCP/CATF 2