Bert de Vries collection
Bert de Vries was ACOR’s Director from 1988-1991 and is now Director Emeritus. The Bert de Vries photo collection consists of 840 images from the 1980s and 90s. Bert’s long term project in Jordan has been at Umm el-Jimal in North Jordan, a site he first visited in 1968, later excavated in the 70s and 80s and still works with today. Umm el-Jimal is the spectacularly preserved ruin of a Late Antique (Byzantine, Umayyad, and early Abbasid) basalt town in the Hauran of northern Jordan. There are still 150 buildings at Umm el-Jimal, made from basalt blocks which were recycled from the ruins of earlier Nabataean and Roman structures. As Bert says, ‘as Petra is “rose red”, Umm el-Jimal is “all in black”.