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Posted 01 January 2014 - 02:19 AM

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Jordanian Archaeological News

News items relating to recent discoveries in Bible Lands and including up-dates of past discoveries. 


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Posted 24 January 2014 - 12:11 AM

Cultural Connections with Europe Found in Ancient Jordanian Settlement

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Swedish archaeologists in Jordan led by Professor Peter M. Fischer from the University of Gothenburg have excavated a nearly 60-metre long well-preserved building from 1100 B.C. in the ancient settlement Tell Abu al-Kharaz. The building is from an era characterised by major migration.

"New finds support the theory that groups of the so-called Sea Peoples emigrated to Tell Abu al-Kharaz. They derive from Southern or Eastern Europe and settled in the Eastern Mediterranean region all the way to the Jordan Valley.

‘We have evidence that culture from present Europe is represented in Tell Abu al-Kharaz. A group of the Sea Peoples of European descent, Philistines, settled down in the city,’ says Peter Fischer. ‘We have, for instance, found pottery resembling corresponding items from Greece and Cyprus in terms of form and decoration, and also cylindrical loom weights for textile production that could be found in central and south-east Europe around the same time.’"

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Posted 17 February 2014 - 05:25 AM

Roving Sea Peoples May Have Settled Transjordan, Archaeologist Says

Not all scholars convinced by evidence suggesting kin of Philistines migrated as far inland as site associated with Bible’s Jabesh Gilead

BY ILAN BEN ZION February 13, 2014, 8:55 pm

"New evidence unearthed at an ancient site in the Jordan Valley suggests that the Sea Peoples — a group which includes the ancient Israelites’ nemeses, the Philistines — settled as far inland as the Transjordan, a Swedish archaeologist argues. Not everyone in the archaeological community, however, is convinced by the finds.

The find, made by a team digging at Tell Abu al-Kharaz, also strengthens the ties connecting the Sea Peoples and the Aegean — reinforcing the theory that the Philistines were among a number of tribes of non-Semitic peoples who migrated across the Mediterranean and settled in Canaan in the early Iron Age alongside the emergent Israelites.


Evidence of Sea Peoples inhabiting areas east of the Jordan River would lend credence to a seeming anomaly in the Bible — the location of Philistines far from their historic homeland along the shores of southern Israel in I Samuel 31. According to the book of Samuel, the Philistines raided northern Israel and settled in the abandoned Israelite cities “that were on the other side of the valley, and they that were beyond the Jordan.”

Sea Peoples is the name given by the ancient Egyptians to the populations of a massive maritime migration to the shores of the eastern Mediterranean in the late 13th and early 12th centuries BCE. During the reign of Ramesses III, hordes of seaborne people bore down on the kingdom, were thwarted by the Egyptian armies and settled along the Levantine coast."

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Posted 19 February 2014 - 02:57 AM

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Evidence That Biblical Philistines Originated As Migrant “Sea People” From Europe Unearthed In Ancient Jordanian Settlement

Posted by: Charles Moore February 14, 2014

"Swedish archaeologists on a dig in Jordan, led by Professor Peter M. Fischer of the University of Gothenburg Department of Historical Studies, Ancient History/Classical Archaeology have excavated a nearly 60-meter long well-preserved building from 1100 B.C. in the ancient settlement Tell Abu al-Kharaz. The building is from an era characterized by major migration.

According to Prof. Fischer’s U. Gothenberg project site, Tell Abu al-Kharaz (“Mound of the Father of Beads”) is located in the Jordan Valley north of the perennial stream of Wadi al-Yabis and approximately 4 km east of the Jordan River. Tell Abu al-Kharaz flourished in antiquity mainly because of its strategic location and an obviously rich surrounding natural environment: woodlands to the east, Wadi al-Yabis to the south and fertile land everywhere in its vicinity. The site occupies a 300 m x 400 m, and 60 m high, large natural hill (top elevation 116 m below sea level) with steep slopes that were easy to defend."

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Posted 09 March 2014 - 11:02 AM

The Shadows of Petra Awaken its Astronomical Orientation

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During the winter solstice, the sun is filtered into the Monastery at Petra, Jordan, illuminating the podium of a deity. Just at this moment, the silhouette of the mountain opposite draws the head of a lion, a sacred animal. These are examples from a study where researchers from Instituto de Astrofisica de Canarias and CSIC (Spain) showed how celestial events influenced the orientation of the great constructions of the Nabataeans.

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"The movement of the Sun in the skies of Petra determined the way in which the monuments of this and other Natabean cities were erected. This is according to a statistical analysis on the spatial position of their palaces, temples and tombs carried out by scientists from Instituto de Astrofisica de Canarias (IAC) and CSIC, Spain, and the University of Perugia (Italy).

The results, published by the ‘Nexus Network Journal’, indicate that those great buildings were erected bearing in mind the equinoxes, solstices and other astronomical events that determined the Nabataean religion. The Nabataeans prospered in the first century BC and the first century AD in what is now Jordan and neighbouring countries.

“The Nabataean monuments are marvellous laboratories where landscape features and the events of the sun, moon and other stars interact,” Juan Antonio Belmonte, researcher of IAC and coordinator of the study, stressed to SINC."

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Pre-print Paper available for download (2013):

Light and Shadows over Petra: astronomy and landscape in Nabataean lands


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Posted 20 May 2014 - 04:41 AM

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Petra, Built for the Sun Gods?

By Daisy Carrington, for CNN

May 19, 2014 - Updated 0225 GMT (1025 HKT)

(CNN) - "Few ancient civilizations have left an architectural footprint quite as indelible as the Nabateans did in Petra, southern Jordan.

Majestic temples, burial chambers and homes still stand, carved around 2,300 years ago from the rose-hued landscape.

Logic would dictate that the relics strewn throughout the 2.8 million square feet of Petra Archaeological Park would provide historians with a bounty of information about the ancient culture.

In fact, surprisingly little is known about ancient Nabatean life and traditions. An estimated 85% of the area has never been excavated, and there is precious little in the way of written records.

"I don't think we really understand what significance some of these structures truly had," says Megan Perry, an associate professor at East Carolina University's department of anthropology."

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Posted 17 September 2014 - 01:40 PM

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Tell Abu al-Kharaz in the  Jordan Valley 

 

"Tell city of Abu al-Kharaz is situated in the central Transjordanian Jordan Valley and excavated by the author from 1989 to 2012. The town flourished in the Early Bronze Age, and after an occupational lacuna of more than thousand years the site was re-occupied in the second half of the Middle Bronze Age and remained permanently occupied until the end of the Iron Age. The new volume is No. III in a series of three (The Early Bronze Age Vol. I, published by the Austrian Academy of Sciences Press in 2008, and the Middle and Late Bronze Ages Vol. II, in 2006)."

 

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Posted 14 April 2015 - 05:37 AM

At Jordan Site, Drone Offers Glimpse of Antiquities Looting
 

By AP | Fifa, Jordan
 
Friday, 3 April 2015
 
"At a sprawling Bronze Age cemetery in southern Jordan, archaeologists have developed a unique way of peering into the murky world of antiquities looting: With aerial photographs taken by a homemade drone, researchers are mapping exactly where - and roughly when - these ancient tombs were robbed.
 
Based on such images and conversations with some looters whose confidence they gained, archaeologists try to follow the trail of stolen pots and other artifacts to traders and buyers. They hope to get a better understanding of the black market and perhaps stop future plunder."

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Posted 01 October 2015 - 09:06 AM

Fall 2015, Cover Stories, Daily News
 
Possible Site of Ancient Sodom Yields More Finds
 
Mon, Sep 28, 2015
 
"Now having completed the tenth season of excavations, an archaeological team headed by Steven Collins of Trinity Southwest University, New Mexico, has unearthed a goldmine of ancient monumental structures and artifacts that are revealing a massive Bronze Age city-state that dominated the region of Jordan’s southern Jordan Valley, even during a time when many other great cities of the “Holy Land” region were either abandoned or in serious decline."

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Posted 18 October 2015 - 06:48 AM

Wednesday, October 14, 2015
 
Sodom ... Again? Another Geographical Issue with Tall el-Hammam
 
by Chris McKinny
 
"Yesterday, Huffington Post released a story that re-hashed the equation that Tall el-Hammam may be identified with biblical Sodom proposed by S. Collins. While there is nothing new to report from the story and Todd and Bill Schlegel have clearly illustrated many of the difficulties with this identification, I would like to take it a step further and point out an additional geographical/toponymic problem with the Tall el-Hammam = Sodom viewpoint."

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Posted 04 November 2015 - 03:54 AM

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Posted 04 November 2015 - 04:11 AM

Archaeologists Breathing Life Into 2,000-Year-Old Citadel of Machaerus
 
By Dana Al Emam - Oct 27,2015 - Last updated at Oct 27,2015
 
MUKAWIR — "Pilgrims and visitors to the 2,000-year-old Citadel of Machaerus will be able to authentically envision the point in history when Salome danced and when St John the Baptist was beheaded, thanks to an archaeological project currently under way. 
 
The project at the Herodian royal castle, carried out since 2009 by the Hungarian Academy of Arts (MMA), is being done in collaboration with the Department of Antiquities, represented by Director General Monther Jamhawi.
 
The site, sitting atop a hill some 800 metres above sea level and overlooking the Dead Sea, some 32km southwest of Madaba city, was the fortress of Herod the Great and a centre of power in the ancient world."
 

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Posted 06 December 2015 - 05:55 AM

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Petra: The Rose-Red City

 

"Over 2,000 years ago, the Nabataeans created Petra—the city of stone.

 

Journey with us behind the iconic facade from the movies, and discover one of the great wonders of the world, forgotten by time itself."

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Posted 10 April 2016 - 01:56 AM

RESTORING PETRA 
 
Archaeologists Reviving Ancient Waterworks
 
By BYU
 
JANUARY 28TH, 2016
 
 
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Posted 10 April 2016 - 02:28 AM

Jordan Valley Prehistoric Village Discovered
 
By: The Tazpit News Agency
 
Published: February 17th, 2016
 
"A prehistoric village from about 12,000 years ago was uncovered near the Sea of Galilee on Wednesday, by archeologists from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. The site is located at the Ein-Gev River east of the lake. A series of excavations at the site revealed human remains, flint tools, artworks, animal fossils, ground stone tools, and bone tools. The findings show that many people lived in the area, which is estimated to have covered roughly 1200 square yards. The findings included cultural characteristics typical of both the Old Stone Age known as the Paleolithic period and the New Stone Age known as the Neolithic period."
 

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Posted 10 April 2016 - 02:30 AM

93-Mile-Long Ancient Wall in Jordan Puzzles Archaeologists
 
by Owen Jarus, Live Science Contributor   
 
February 18, 2016 08:24am ET
 
"A new map of an ancient wall that extended 93 miles (150 kilometers) in Jordan has left archaeologists with a series of mysteries, including questions over when the wall was built, who built it and what its purpose was."

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Posted 08 May 2016 - 02:58 AM

ARCHAEOLOGY OF JORDAN ONLINE
 
Internet Resources on Archaeology of Jordan
 
Edited by Francesco M. Benedettucci
 
First day on-line: May 2nd, 2016
 
Last Update: May 7th, 2016

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Posted 29 May 2016 - 03:21 AM

Part of Aphrodite statue uncovered in Jerash
 
By JT - May 12,2016 - Last updated at May 12,2016
 
AMMAN — "Archaeological excavations in Jerash implemented by a French-German mission, in cooperation with the Department of Antiquities (DoA) and the University of Jordan, on Thursday unearthed a stone statue in the eastern area of Aphrodite, the Greek goddess of love."

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Posted 11 June 2016 - 02:12 AM

Archaeologists Find Gigantic Ancient Monument in Jordan
 
In the Ancient City of Petra, Google Earth and Drones Helped Uncover Remnants of a Platform the Size of an Olympic Swimming Pool
 
By Erin Blakemore
 
smithsonian.com 
 
June 9, 2016
 
"The ancient city of Petra has long fascinated archaeologists, and its impressive tombs are considered one of the new seven wonders of the world. But researchers have not yet unlocked all of its marvels. It turns out that Petra has even more to explore, Kristin Romey reports for National Geographic. Archaeologists have discovered a gigantic ancient monument just half a mile away from the city."

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Posted 11 October 2016 - 12:49 PM

Researchers Unearth Ancient Mythological Statues in Jordan
 
September 12, 2016 by Nash Dunn
 
"A team of North Carolina-based researchers helped unearth more clues this summer about the ancient Nabatean city of Petra in Jordan.
 
As part of a larger excavation at the site, the group of North Carolina State University and East Carolina University faculty and students discovered two marble statues of the mythological goddess Aphrodite—artifacts that dig co-director Tom Parker describes as "absolutely exquisite."
 

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Posted 11 October 2016 - 12:57 PM

Prehistoric Fortifications Found In The Basalt Desert Of Eastern Jordan
 
 9/16/2016 06:00:00 PM
 
"Since 2010 the Orient Department of the German Archaeological Institute (DAI) has been carrying out a research project in the basalt desert of Northeastern Jordan, which is funded by the German Research Foundation (Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft –DFG)."
 
 

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Posted 11 October 2016 - 01:09 PM

Ancient Texts Offer Wealth of Information for Archaeologists, Local Epigrapher Says
 
By Saeb Rawashdeh - Sep 18,2016 - Last updated at Sep 18,2016
 
AMMAN — "Ancient texts and inscriptions are among archaeologists’ most valuable finds, offering direct insights into the remains where they are found, according to Omar Ghul, an associate professor at the Yarmouk University’s faculty of archaeology."
 

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Posted 11 October 2016 - 01:17 PM

Published on September 20, 2016
 
The Nabataeans of Ancient Arabia
 
written by James Wiener
 
"Known the world over for their hauntingly beautiful cities of Petra and Mada’in Saleh and engineering acumen, the Nabataeans of ancient Arabia were the middlemen in the long distance trade between the ancient Mediterranean and South Arabia. Mysterious and beguiling, their legacy endures across time and space in the Arabic script and in the sophistication of their cities, carved out of the harsh desert landscape."

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Posted 13 October 2016 - 10:56 AM

What Two Oxford Archaeologists Discovered While Flying Over Ancient Jordan
 
From an aerial perspective, Robert Bewley and David Kennedy have recorded sites across the Middle East and North Africa through their digital photography.
 
By SAM MCNEIL Associated Press
 
Wed., Oct. 12, 2016
 

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Posted 17 April 2017 - 08:46 AM

Tuesday, November 15, 2016
 
New Excavation: Khirbet el-Mastarah in the Jordan Valley
 
(Post by A.D. Riddle)
 
"Ralph Hawkins has announced a new excavation to be undertaken at the site of Khirbet el-Mastarah in the Jordan River Valley. The inaugural season will be June 3-30, 2017, and they are looking for volunteers. The dig is part of the newly launched Jordan Valley Excavation Project, co-directed by Ralph Hawkins and David Ben-Shlomo. The project's website provides further information along with this description."

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Posted 17 April 2017 - 08:47 AM

Early Byzantine Tomb Unearthed In Jordan's Beit Ras
 
11/18/2016 09:00:00 PM

The Jordan Tourism Board has reported the discovery of an ancient tomb in the northern city of Beit Ras, unearthed during works to expand a local sewerage network."
 

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Posted 17 April 2017 - 08:47 AM

Ancient Inscriptions Show Life Once Flourished in Jordan's 'Black Desert'
 
By Owen Jarus, Live Science Contributor | November 21, 2016 06:21am ET
 
"Thousands of inscriptions and petroglyphs dating back around 2,000 years have been discovered in the Jebel Qurma region of Jordan's Black Desert. They tell of a time when the now-desolate landscape was teeming with life.
 
"Nowadays, the Jebel Qurma area, and the Black Desert in general, is a highly inhospitable area, very arid and difficult to cross," said Peter Akkermans, a professor at Leiden University in the Netherlands who leads the Jebel Qurma Archaeological Landscape Project. Photos the team took of the modern-day landscape show little water, vegetation or wildlife."
 

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Posted 17 April 2017 - 08:48 AM

Ancient Pollution Hints at Possible Early Smelting, Researchers Find
 
MONDAY, NOVEMBER 7, 2016
 
"Industrial pollution may seem like a modern phenomenon. In fact, University of Waterloo anthropology Professor Russell Adams and his colleagues may have discovered what could be the first polluted river, contaminated approximately 7,000 years ago."
 

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Posted 17 April 2017 - 08:48 AM

8 DECEMBER, 2016 - 21:52
 
THEODOROS KARASAVVAS
 
Face of Man Who Lived 9,500 Years Ago in the Biblical City of Jericho Brought Back to Life
 
"A crew of facial reconstruction experts have successfully recreated the face of a male who lived in the Biblical city of Jericho. The project was based on an advanced analysis of the Jericho Skull - the oldest portrait in The British Museum. This innovative plaster model allows you to see the detailed face of a human being who lived 9,500 years ago."
 

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Posted 17 April 2017 - 08:49 AM

Archaeologists Find 'Snapshot' of 4,500-year-old Canaanite Citadel's Last Hours
 
As the ceiling of the blazing Canaanite palace collapsed, foods, jewelry, axes and treasures were buried, and beautifully preserved, under ash and blackened stone.
 
By Philippe Bohstrom
 
Nov 13, 2016
 
"Excavations inside a 4,500-year-old citadel Khirbet al-Batrawy, located in the fringes of the black desert in northeastern Jordan, have uncovered a rich layer of archaeological finds beneath a destruction layer of ash and rock that, ironically, protected the antiquities from the final conflagration. Among the discoveries are prestige items in excellent condition, that the archaeologists believe have belonged to the rock-fortress chieftain of the palace."
 

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