Next it was off to the black basalt columns of Umm Qais, but not, of course, without a bit of a run-around first. After happening upon a bus to the awful, awful city of Irbid, we intended to catch another…
The Quarryscapes project started in 2005 and is now almost finished … The project is basically an effort to study and raise awareness about ancient quarries in the eastern Mediterranean area. In this context, we in Jordan studied ancient Bronze aged quarries in the Jafr area, Nabatean quarries in Petra and Roman quarries in Jerash. In the upcoming meeting, I will present some of our work in Jerash.
Jerash (Arabic:محافظة جرش) is considered one of the most important cities of the Roman Decapolis – as well as one of the best preserved. I should know, I have the pictures to prove it!
Some fun photos of our day at the Decapolis for your Jordan tourism enjoyment while I’m on the road today traveling to Petra by means of the Citadel, the Temple of Hercules, and a few other stops along the way.
At Jerash today, we saw a re-enactment of Roman soldiering, gladiators fighting, chariots racing, guards playing bagpipes – and yours truly singing – and I got most of it onYouTube!
Imagine walking where Jesus walked. That’s where I was today when I looked over into the Golan Heights and onto mount Tabor from Umm Qais ( أم قيس) located on the site of the ruined Greco-Roman city of Gadara (sometimes, incorrectly Gedara), a semi-autonomous city of the Roman Decapolis.