Heritage Values, Stakeholders, and Consensus Building
 
satellite image of ancient city of Gerasa
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Satellite image showing ancient city wall of Gerasa (solid line) and the archaeological park owned by the DoA (area left of dashed line). Area of the ancient city right of the dashed line is obscured by modern development. © 2008 DigitalGlobe

modern city of Jarash
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The archaeological city of Gerasa (modern Jarash) at the start of the 20th century. The beginnings of the modern city appear in the background on the site of the ancient city's residential area. Photo: Library of Congress, Prints & Photographs Division, LC-DIG-matpc-06966

remains of ancient city of Gerasa
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Present day remains of the ancient city of Gerasa. The remains continue to exhibit key elements of the Roman-era city plan, including the Oval Plaza (foreground) and the Cardo, the collonaded road that served as the city's north-south axis. Comparison with the historic image taken a century earlier shows that the modern city of Jarash has grown over the archaeological remains of the ancient city's residential area. Photo: David Myers, GCI

inhabitiants of Jarash
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View of inhabitants of the still-young city of Jarash on the east side of the Wadi Jarash, early 20th century. In the background are the ancient city ruins and the DoA offices on the west side of the wadi. Photo: Library of Congress, Prints & Photographs Division, LC-DIG-matpc-05768

Hadrian's Arch, before restoration
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Hadrian's Arch, early 20th century, before restoration. Photo: Library of Congress, Prints & Photographs Division, LC-DIG-matpc-06968

conservation image
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View of the South Theater, ca. 1930s. Photo: Library of Congress, Prints & Photographs Division, LC-DIG-matpc-04519.

remains of the East Baths
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View of the remains of the East Baths (arrow), which were built for public use during the Roman era and stand in the historic heart of the modern city. A World Bankfunded project constructed a public plaza adjacent to this monument and the South Bridge (not seen). Photo: May Shaer, Department of Antiquities of Jordan

portrayal of a Roman soldier
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A reenactor portrays a Roman soldier, part of the Roman Army and Chariot Experience (RACE) at the Hippodrome. Photo: The Jerash Heritage Co. Ltd.

Hadrian's Arch today
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Hadrian's Arch today. The triumphal arch was constructed to honor the visit of the emperor Hadrian in 129 CE. Photo: David Myers, GCI

South Theater, Jarash
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View of the South Theater, one of two Roman theaters at Jarash that have been restored and used for performances during the Jarash Festival. Photo: David Myers, GCI

The Cardo, ancient city of Gerasa
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Remains of the Cardo. This colonnaded street marks the northsouth axis of the ancient city. Photo: David Myers, GCI

ruins of Umayyad-era mosque
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Remains of an Umayyad-era mosque. These ruins attest that habitation of the city continued during the Islamic era. Photo: May Shaer, Department of Antiquities of Jordan

Jarash Festival of Culture and Arts
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Scene from the Jarash Festival of Culture and Arts. This annual 3-week event of artistic and cultural performances has become popular with visitors from the Middle Eastern region. Photo: Courtesy of Jarash Festival of Culture and Arts

Circassian Quarter, Jaresh
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View of the old souq in the modern city's Circassian Quarter, which dates to the early 20th century during the Ottoman period. The modern city includes at its heart a large concentration of historic buildings, several of which have been rehabilitated through the current World Bank project for tourist accommodations. Photo: David Myers, GCI

GCI Workshop on consensus building
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Workshop participants prioritize recommendations for promoting the application of consensus building methods to the practice of heritage management. Photo: Michael Aronowitz, GCI