The American Center of Oriental Research (ACOR)
is dedicated to promoting research and publication in the fields
of archaeology, anthropology, art history, earth sciences, history,
languages, religious studies, sociology, and other aspects of Near
Eastern studies. Since it was founded in 1968, ACOR has served as
a liaison between Jordanian institutions, both academic and governmental,
and international scholars working in the Near East. ACOR provides
advice, coordination, research facilities, and living and meeting
space for scholars in an environment that is academically exciting
and personally congenial.
An important component in all of ACOR’s programs
and projects is the promotion of academic and cultural exchange between
the United States and Jordan. ACOR has four main program areas, including:
a competitive fellowship program that offers over twenty awards annually
to undergraduate and graduate students and post-doctoral scholars
working in a wide variety of fields; a publication series that includes
important works on the archaeology and history of Jordan; assistance
to archaeological and anthropological projects; and its own archaeological projects, including “the Petra Church, the Petra North Ridge projects, and the Temple of the Winged Lions in Petra as well as publication of the excavations in the “archaeological park in Madaba.
The heart of ACOR is its library, now considered
to be one of the premier research libraries in the region. The collection
contains over 40,000 volumes and periodicals; areas of focus include
archaeology, anthropology, Arabic language and culture, art and architecture,
conservation, history (Jordan and the Near East), and Near Eastern
studies. In addition, ACOR has a collection of 1,500 maps on Jordan’s
topography and geology, along with many excellent regional maps.
The library also holds an impressive collection of over 10,000 slides
on many archaeological projects and sites in Jordan.