The Tarim Project

The city of Tarim, in the Hadhramawt, is known for its elaborate early twentieth-century mud-brick palaces. The Tarim Documentation Project, has successfully proposed that these palaces be listed on the World Monuments Fund's 100 Most Endangered Sites (2000-01 and 2002-03). The project plans a long-term campaign to document 27 of them in the hope that eventually several of them may be restored for adaptive reuse. The work involves professional architects, students in architectural preservation from Columbia University, staff members of the Museum of the Hadhramawt and Yemen's General Organization of Antiquities and Monuments, and architecture students from the University of Mukalla (Yemen). In addition to long-term documentation and conservation, James Conlon of the Columbia University's Media Center for Art History, Archaeology, and Historic Preservation has developed an impressive array of online pedagogical resources.

Online resources: The Tarim Project's website was created and maintained by James Conlon, at the time of his untimely death in July 2009 Director of the Columbia University Media Center for Art History, Archaeology, and Historic Preservation. The Tarim teaching site also contains brief reports on the field seasons. We acknowledge Mr. Conlon's great contribution to the study of Yemeni culture, among a number of others that came within his professional purview, and extend our heartfelt condolences to his family.

Project funding: The initial feasibility study was funded by the Samuel H. Kress Foundation and a fellowship to Pamela Jerome funded by AIYS' program grant from the State Department's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA). Field seasons of documentation beginning in December 2002 - January 2003 have been supported by funds from successive AIYS program grants from ECA, the Kress Foundation (in support of student participation), the Social Fund for Development (Sana'a), and Columbia University. The Social Fund for Development and the US Ambassador's Fund for Cultural Preservation have provided funds for emergency restoration of the Ishshah Palace (pictured above), now in use as a house museum operated by the Tarim Historical Society.

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and the late James Conlon, Columbia University (1972-2009)

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