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Jordan to create anti-smuggling division to protect antiquities

Jordan to create anti-smuggling division to protect antiquities

AMMAN: Jordan’s  (DoA) is working on creating a new division to combat the smuggling of antiquities, an official said.

The new unit will start operating once the administrative by-law of the DoA comes into effect, DoA Director General Monther Jamhawi told the Jordan Times on Thursday.

The Legislative and Opinion Bureau recently issued the DoA draft by-law 2018, which will take effect after being published in the Official Gazette, Jamhawi said.

Article 5 of the by-law, which concerns the anti-smuggling division, stipulates that the department will work in cooperation with the security bodies and the Jordan Customs Department to control smuggling and trading of antiquities, according to the official.

The director said that the new unit will be responsible for organising archaeological excavations, documenting and registering antiquities across the Kingdom, operating ticket offices at sites and museums, and implementing the state policies related to agreements and protocols.

Also among the division’s tasks will be issuing licences for local and international scientific institutions and archaeological missions, which run excavations, surveys and archaeological studies in Jordan, according to Jamhawi, who added that the department will supervise the establishment of archaeological institutes and museums.