DECORATED ARCHITECTURAL SURFACES
In April 2010, eight visitors from the Jordanian Department of Antiquities (DoA) attended a three-week course at the GCI designed to equip them to train their colleagues throughout the country in the use of the newly developed Middle Eastern Geodatabase for Antiquities (MEGA)-Jordan system, which provides the DoA with a state-of-the-art tool to inventory, monitor, protect, and manage Jordan's countless archaeological sites. The training primarily covered the use of the system and related GIS technology, as well as sessions on international heritage guidelines, site assessment, and GPS recording.
Tang Wei, director of the Division of World Heritage, State Administration of Cultural Heritage of China (SACH), arrived at the GCI in April 2010 to undertake research on cultural landscapes and routes, historic industrial sites, and living historical sites. The focus of his work is the planned revision and expansion of the China Principles, which the GCI has been invited to undertake in collaboration with SACH. Tang Wei will be at the GCI until October 2010.