In the framework of the ACTECH project (funded by a Marie Curie fellowship MSC-IF-2015 – ACTECH, Project ID: 703829), the Jordan Hawrān Archaeological Survey, JHAS, was launched in October 2017. The project was founded by the European Commission and French institutions such as UMR 7041, APOHR (Archéologie du Proche-Orient héllenistique et romain), MHJ (Mission de Haute Jordanie) and the French Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs.
JHAS has the scientific and logistical support of the Ifpo Amman (Institut français du Proche-Orient) and the scientific collaboration of the CNRS-MAP laboratory (Marseille), CSIC-EEA-LAAC (Granada), HISOMA Laboratory (Lyon), and CNRS-CEPAM-UMR 7264 (Nice). Scientific collaborators include Prof. Roberto Parenti, director of the Italian mission at Umm as-Surab from 2009 to 2012, and Dr. Stefano Anastasio, archaeologist at the Italian Ministry of Cultural Heritage and Tourism (MiBACT) and formerly a member of the Italian mission. Currently JHAS is a two-year project, but the intention is to continue the project beyond the two years as resources permit. The JHAS project will serve as a way to exchange knowledge and methodologies with, and transfer them to, the Department of Antiquities of Jordan (DoA), creating a fruitful cooperation and a network of the Institutions involved, the DoA, Yarmuk University, and the local community. The JHAS team is also open to cooperation with other projects in the region with the prime objective of investigating and valorizing a cultural and historical landscape of great value, not only for Jordan but also for the entire Mediterranean area.