Talal Akasheh

2008 Laureate, Cultural Heritage
Jordan, Born 1947

takasheh@hotmail.com

Re-discovering Petra’s lost wonders

December 7, 2012

As Jordan celebrates the 200th anniversary of the rediscovery, by Swiss orientalist and traveller Johann Ludwig Burckhardt, of Petra ‒ one of the world’s greatest archaeological treasures ‒ Rolex Laureate Talal Akasheh is continuing his fight to preserve one of the marvels of the ancient world from the ravages of time,...

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Classifying an ancient civilization

May 5, 2011

Talal Akasheh, the meticulous and determined chemistry professor who is documenting Petra, in Jordan, is making steady progress in his huge task of classifying all the monuments and archaeological features in the 2,500-year-old city. Since he won his Rolex Award in 2008, he has...

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A Serious event in Petra

June 6, 2010

This year rain in many parts of Jordan was very abundant. While this is usually a most welcomed event in the semi arid regions of Jordan, especially after several years of below average precipitation, this proved to be catastrophic for Petra. Monument 609 fell due to the heavy rain....

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More features documented in Petra

January 15, 2010

[gallery link="file"]   On the Database and GIS System for Petra Well, after an extensive field campaign lot of new monuments (features) have been recorded. Most of these are generally neglected by tourists, archaeologists and researchers. They are not as magnificent as the Treasury,...

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Petra And The Nabataean Kingdom

November 2, 2009

"We shall not cease from exploration And the end of all our exploring Will be to arrive at where we started And know the place for the first time Through the unknown, unremembered gate When the last of earth left to discover Is that which was the...

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