by Thomas Lepaon, Nizar Turshan, Thomas Weber-Karyotakis
Released on 20 October 2017; Gerda Henkel Foundation Edition vol. 001
This report gives an outline on the exploration of the largest bathing complex within the Roman city of Gerasa in the Decapolis from the early 19th century to the present. It further displays the still unpublished results of rescue excavations conducted by the Department of Antiquities of Jordan in 1986 and 2004. All these previous works resulted in a first systematic campaign of excavation by The University of Jordan and The Mission Française Archéologique de Jerash (Université François Rabelais de Tours) in April and May 2016 directed by the editors of the present booklet. With contributions by Jacques Seigne and Pierre-Louis Gatier they aim at giving a conspectus of scholarly knowledge about this prominent ancient building including the new results of the 2016 excavation.
With financial support by the Gerda Henkel-Foundation (Düsseldorf) and le ministère des affaires étrangères et du développement international (MAEDI – Paris), the excavation of the great eastern baths at Jerash will be resumed in September and October 2017. The excavation and documentation work of this campaign will be directed by Thomas Lepaon (The Mission Française Archéologique de Jerash) and Thomas M. Weber-Karyotakis (German Jordanian University Amman). A supplementary report on the 2017 season will be published in 2018.