Sponsored by: Archaeological Institute of America
In a visually stunning presentation, Professor Paradise will discuss thirty years of research in the magical ruined city of Petra, Jordan. Coming from a diverse background in geology, materials conservation, climatology, and architecture, Paradise will address his work in the Valley of Petra since 1990 discussing the melding of the geosciences, cultural heritage management, history, architecture, and politics that have driven his research. From understanding deterioration of 2,000-year-old sandstone structures, effects of tourism at this UNESCO site, to new findings on architectural alignments to the Sun, many answers to haunting questions regarding Petra will be examined. Professor Paradise has been involved with the writing and filming of eight international TV specials (NatGeo, Smithsonian, Discovery, PBS Nova) on Petra as well and will discuss his research in these television specials.