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Posted 01 January 2014 - 02:19 AM
Posted 24 January 2014 - 12:11 AM
Cultural Connections with Europe Found in Ancient Jordanian Settlement
NEWS: JAN 16, 2014
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.’"
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."
Posted 19 February 2014 - 02:57 AM
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."
Posted 09 March 2014 - 11:02 AM
The Shadows of Petra Awaken its Astronomical Orientation
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.
SINC | March 03 2014 09:27
"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."
Pre-print Paper available for download (2013):
Light and Shadows over Petra: astronomy and landscape in Nabataean lands
Posted 20 May 2014 - 04:41 AM
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."
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)."
Posted 14 April 2015 - 05:37 AM
At Jordan Site, Drone Offers Glimpse of Antiquities Looting
Posted 01 October 2015 - 09:06 AM
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Posted 06 December 2015 - 05:55 AM
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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