An Innovative Strategy to Protect Cultural Heritage in Jordan: The Madaba Regional Archaeological Museum Project (MRAMP)
- Journal of Eastern Mediterranean Archaeology and Heritage Studies
- Penn State University Press
- Volume 7, Number 2, 2019
- pp. 223-253
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The MRAMP represents an American-Italian-Jordanian collaboration dedicated to protecting cultural heritage in Jordan. The proposed new Regional Archaeological Museum within the Madaba Archaeological Park West is an ambitious project to restore and safeguard a complex of Jordanian traditional buildings from the late nineteenth-century Ottoman era within a museum. The complex will ultimately constitute the ground floor while the contiguous "Burnt Palace," Roman cardo, and Martyr's Church will round out an envisioned museum complex. Thanks to a dozen or more regional archaeological sites, the museum will provide a comprehensive narrative of the Madaba region's illustrious past and its legacy to the dynamic present. To preserve Jordan's rich heritage, this project is founded in community archaeology, which is essential to ensure the development, continued growth, and sustainability of the museum. This article will elaborate on MRAMP as a case study of an innovative approach in Jordan to cultural heritage management.