It was quite a hike but well worth it when we reached the top.
The summit expanded out before us, it was a massive plateau not visible from the bottom. The other thing not visible were two teenagers illegally excavating at the site. They had a metal detector, pick axe, and shovel. I spotted them and told Angela to stay with the kids while I went and talked with them. My Arabic is still barely existent so I did my best to find out what they were looking for and if they had found anything.
To my surprise they readily showed me four coins that they had already found that day and mentioned some pottery and stone artifacts that they had found previously. They also let me take pictures of them, which indicated that they were not very experienced. I originally approached them with the thought of getting them to stop, but quickly realized how futile that would be.
He will contact the DOJ to inform them of the issue and we will load some of the pictures I took into the Mega Jordan database. One of the goals of the Mega-J website is to track looting and propose a schedule for monitoring the site being looted.
The Seasons of Tulul by Egon Lass
This trip to Tulul adh-Dhahab was the first time I have witnessed looting first hand, but I have seen its affects time and time again. A trip to Bab adh-Dhra also involves walking through the massive cemetery looking for sherds. The cemetery consists of shaft tombs, which are essentially holes dug straight down, with a burial located at the bottom, and capped with a stone.
The landscape is honeycombed with illegally dug holes where looters were looking for telltale capstones. In the previous post I mentioned the town of Ghor es-Safi. Once again it has been massively looted, and unlike Bab adh-Dhra has not been scientifically excavated although some salvage work has been carried out.
However I have also seen antiquities for sale outside sites such as Shobak and in stores in Madaba and Amman. It is a somewhat complicated issue because people in places like the Ghor where EB cemeteries mentioned above are located are some of the poorest in Jordan. They are at the bottom rung of a ladder of illegal activity culminating with the ones who buy the looted objects. A combination of education and aid must be offered to these type of people in order for looting to stop.
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I am mainly just offering a first hand account of what happens every day in Jordan, perhaps later on I can form some more cogent thoughts on looting in general. However, I am glad that I was able hopefully to play a small part in stopping looting and am hopeful that Mega-J will help curb this illegal activity. Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email. Sign me up! Rate this:. What could be timelier than a book that seeks to explore the way of life, and the very mind of Bedouin Arabs?
The Seasons of Tulul is an account of a sojourn among the Bedouin of the Judean Desert, describing among other things family life, inheritance, tribal relationships, feuding, religious thought, and confrontations with the modern world. It is about friendship, honor What could be timelier than a book that seeks to explore the way of life, and the very mind of Bedouin Arabs? It is about friendship, honor, hatred, and obligation in ways that are not familiar to us, and perhaps it is high time that the English speaking public became more acquainted with the Arab friends that we are trying to help, and the Arab enemies that we are trying to defeat.
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Sort order. I found the "cast of characters" likable, to a degree. Some of the behaviors so matter-of-fact acceptable by the Bedouin community, assaulted my western sensibilities.
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