Friday, July 3, 2015

Jordan Update 3- Roman Forts

For those of you who do not know, I am currently working on a dig of a Roman fort in Jordan. There is not much I can share with you as to the specifics, as nothing has been published yet, but I can tell you some basics.

Ayn Gharandal
To start with, I was placed in the bathhouse, along with three other students and our supervisors. There is another square working in the bathhouse as well, but I don't know as much about what is going on with their group. We spent the first week digging out back fill from the last time this square was dug, and today we finally completed the back fill. Below I have some before and after photos at about a week apart from each other.

Gabe sitting on our square before.

Our square after one week.

As you can see, the walls are taking shape and we have doors now!

After a week of digging, we took a break for a field trip. This was to another sight in Jordan (a finished excavation, so I can tell you all I want about it), with a Roman fort and bathhouse, a Byzantine church, a mosque, and a Nabataen tomb. There is a lot more visible at Humayma, however (even though it is meant as a tourist sight), it is little known or visited.

My square leader, Craig, giving an intense lecture on the sight.

Next Week
This coming week I plan to share with you another field trip, as well as some photos from Aqaba. These will include our shopping trips and dinner runs. Hope you are enjoying these updates so far!


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