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Scholar Recounts Tales of Female Roman Elite’s Pilgrimages Across Region
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Scholar Recounts Tales of Female Roman Elite’s Pilgrimages Across Region

 AMMAN — During late antiquity, wealthy women often travelled from western parts of the Roman Empire to visit holy sites and shrines in the Levant and Egypt, according to an archaeologist.

Holding Layers of Mystery, ‘Great Wall’ of Jordan Winds its Way Through the Ages
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Holding Layers of Mystery, ‘Great Wall’ of Jordan Winds its Way Through the Ages

 AMMAN — Known locally as Khatt Shebib, Jordan’s own “great wall” is the second-longest structure built by humans next to the Great Wall of China, according to a Jordanian scholar.

Rose-Red City of Petra Wraps up 2019 with Record-Breaking 1,135,300 Visitors
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Rose-Red City of Petra Wraps up 2019 with Record-Breaking 1,135,300 Visitors

 AMMAN — During 2019, Petra witnessed unprecedented trourist activity, ending the year with a record number of 1,135,300 visitors of all nationalities, an increase of 37 per cent compared with 2018.

Tourists Flock to Kingdom as Istanbul Beckons Jordanians During Holiday Season
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Tourists Flock to Kingdom as Istanbul Beckons Jordanians During Holiday Season

AMMAN — Istanbul, Sharm El Sheikh and Prague top Jordanians preferred destinations during this holiday season, according to travel agencies.

Jordan’s Feynan Ecolodge Celebrated for Pioneering Sustainability in Region
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Jordan’s Feynan Ecolodge Celebrated for Pioneering Sustainability in Region

 AMMAN — The Royal Society for the Conservation of Nature (RSCN) on Sunday celebrated Feynan Ecolodge receiving the “Golden Award” at the World Travel Market (WTM) Travel and Tourism Awards 2019 in the category of reducing carbon and other greenhouse gases.

Aqaba, Petra Look Forward to one Million Tourist Mark in 2019
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Aqaba, Petra Look Forward to one Million Tourist Mark in 2019

 AMMAN — Aqaba is expected to celebrate 1 million tourists by the end of 2019, Aqaba Special Economic Zone Authority (ASEZA) said on Tuesday.

QAIA Witnesses Surge in August Visitors
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QAIA Witnesses Surge in August Visitors

 AMMAN — Official statistics issued by the Airport International Group revealed that Queen Alia International Airport (QAIA) received 1,053,225 passengers (PAX) during August 2019, indicating a 5.1 per cent surge set against the same month last year.

Swiss Scholar Studies Ancient Map to Navigate Petra’s Past
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Swiss Scholar Studies Ancient Map to Navigate Petra’s Past

 AMMAN — European interest in cartography of the Levant dates back to at least the 16th century, according to a Swiss researcher.

 “The first map which I detected as showing the exact location of Petra, including an abbreviated view of the city surrounded by mountains, was the one in Palazzo Colonna in Rome,” noted Ulrich Bellwald in a recent e-mail interview with The Jordan Times, adding that the map was drawn by Bartolomeo Bonomi in 1572.

 The map is called “Portolano del Mediterraneo” (“Mediterranean ports”) and the commissioner of the work was Marcantonio Colonna (1534-84), an Italian aristocrat serving the Spanish Crown, Bellwald said.

 As Bartolomeo Bonomi was an illustrator and engraver, rather than a surveyor or an engineer, the scholar said he wondered which models Bonomi would have used for creating the map.

 Colonna was an admiral in the battle of Lepanto, a naval engagement that took place in 1571, in which a coalition of European Catholic states arranged by Pope Pius V inflicted a major defeat on the fleet of the Ottoman Empire. Thus, Bellwald thinks these models “would most probably have come from the Ottoman side”.

 The scholar referenced “Kitab-i-Bahriye” (The Book of Navigation) by Hadji Ahmed Muhiddin Piri, saying that its first edition was printed in 1521, and its second shortly after, in 1525.

 After finding the original cartographic drawings in an archive in Istanbul, he said he was sure that Bonomi used Piri’s maps as models for his own Portolano at the Palazzo Colonna, not only copying the size and shape of the maps, but also the surveying lines, locations and names of the port and other cities.

 Piri’s work did not only show the most important ports, but also depicted cities in the hinterland, such as Petra and Damascus, Bellwald said, adding that it must have been rather easy for either Bonomi or Colonna to get a copy of Piri’s book as “there were numerous copies in the great libraries all over Europe”.

 When the Swiss orientalist Johann Ludwig Burckhardt famously rediscovered Petra in 1812, the name and location of the ancient Nabatean city was already known to a large group of well-educated people in Europe, he stressed.

 The third edition of Piri’s book, which gained even more popularity, included newer maps from Italian geographers Battista Agnese and Jacopo Gastaldi, and Dutch geographer Abraham Ortelius, Bellwald said, adding that this shows that there was a well-organised cooperation between Ottoman and Western scholars.

 The scholar also said that the findings infer that “the rediscovery of Petra by Burckhardt in 1812 was not purely occasional, but he went to the area of Wadi Musa with the knowledge that Petra must be located there”.

 Source: www.jordantimes.com

Scholar Focuses on Pottery to Get Insight into Ancient Diet
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Scholar Focuses on Pottery to Get Insight into Ancient Diet

 AMMAN — Middle Islamic pottery is an understudied subject and until recently no comprehensive typology existed for pottery from this period, according to an American archaeologist.

Wadi Quseiba Excavations Offer Clues to Yarmoukian Lifestyle
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Wadi Quseiba Excavations Offer Clues to Yarmoukian Lifestyle

 AMMAN — Excavations at a Late Neolithic site in north-western Jordan revealed the existence of an agrarian society in which pottery held a key role, a Canadian archaeologist has said.

Jerash Tour
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‘Great Jerash Baths Bear Marks of Human Destruction’

 AMMAN — Marble statues found in 2017 probably decorated the Great Eastern Baths in Jerash, said a German scholar.

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Mamluk Sultans Sent Sons to Karak Castle to ‘Toughen them up’

 AMMAN — In the Mamluk period, some of the most politically dangerous persons went to Karak Castle, said an American scholar.

Best of Petra
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Petra Records 30 per Cent Rise in Visitors in First Eight Months of 2019

 AMMAN — A total of 657,918 tourists of various nationalities have visited Petra in the first eight months of 2019, compared with 507,299 visitors during the same period of 2018, marking a 30 per cent increase.

Khirbet Jazzir
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Scholar Refutes Tentative Identification of Khirbet Jazzir with Biblical Site

 AMMAN — Khirbet Jazzir, some four kilometres southwest from Salt, was mentioned in scholarly literature as biblical site Jazer, according to a German archaeologist.

Jordanian scholar Delves into Time Measurement in Ancient Agrarian Societies
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Jordanian scholar Delves into Time Measurement in Ancient Agrarian Societies

 AMMAN — Time has always preoccupied humans, and in order to organise daily life, ancient civilisations constructed different devices to measure time, said a Jordanian scholar.

Best of Petra

Jordan Sees 8.6 Per Cent rise in Tourism Revenue

 AMMAN — The Kingdom’s tourism revenue in the first seven months of 2019 went up by 8.6 per cent to $3.2 billion, compared with the January-July period of 2018 that registered $2.95 billion, the Central Bank of Jordan (CBJ) announced on Wednesday.

Scholar Delves into Intricacies of Early Islamic Architecture near Karak
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Scholar Delves into Intricacies of Early Islamic Architecture near Karak

 AMMAN — An intricate mosaic medallion and marble capitals unearthed in a building in Shuqayra Al Gharbiyya, near Karak, speak to the wealth of the building’s original inhabitants, a Jordanian scholar recently told The Jordan Times.

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Researcher Says Byzantine-Era Artisans ‘Less Skilful’ than Predecessors

 AMMAN — Jordan has an abundance of sites filled with Roman wall paintings adorning temples and necropolises, but paintings from later periods are often only found in fragments, according to a Polish conservator.

Jordan's Festival
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'Bint Bladi' Expo Celebrates Entrepreneurial Women

 AMMAN — Deputising for Her Majesty Queen Rania, Minister of Social Development Basma Ishaqat on Wednesday inaugurated the Bint Bladi Expo in support of productive Jordanian women.

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Tourism Sees Uptick in First Half of 2019

 AMMAN — Tourism revenues have increased by 8.3 per cent during the first half of this year, reaching $2.6 billion (some JD1.9 billion) compared with $2.4 billion registered in the same period last year, according to preliminary data released by the Central Bank of Jordan (CBJ) on Monday.

Mosaica’s ‘Mix-Tape’ Delivers to Packed Audience
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Mosaica’s ‘Mix-Tape’ Delivers to Packed Audience

 AMMAN — Jordan’s award-winning vocal ensemble Mosaica Singers put on a thrilling performance Thursday night at the Terra Santa College Theatre. It was the opening event in the series of three performances held over the weekend.

Digital Archive Aims to Preserve Jordan’s Past for Future Generations
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Digital Archive Aims to Preserve Jordan’s Past for Future Generations

 AMMAN — In spite of the widespread destruction of cultural heritage, a team of experts and interns recently finished digitising a private photo archive as part of a bid to save Jordan’s records and provide people with a resource to study the country’s history.

Young Directors Call for Real Life Take on Reel
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Young Directors Call for Real Life Take on Reel

 AMMAN — Denouncing the misrepresentation of Jordanian life and culture in films, many aspiring local directors and actors are striving to break the mould by zooming in on an accurate display of daily life in the Kingdom.

Rose-Red City Witnesses Rise in Tourist Footfall — JTB
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Rose-Red City Witnesses Rise in Tourist Footfall — JTB

 AMMAN — Visitors to the rose-red city of Petra rose by 44 per cent, or some 128,000 people, when comparing the first five months of 2019 with 2018, Jordan Tourism Board (JTB) Managing Director Abed Al Razzaq Arabiyat said on Tuesday.

foreign visitor in Jordan
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Europe Tops Tourist Arrivals to Jordan

 

 AMMAN — The Kingdom welcomed 615,955 foreign visitors by the end of May, 76 per cent of which were overnight visitors, the Jordan Tourism Board (JTB) said on Sunday.

Pella Excavations Unearth Trove of ‘Exceptional’ Artefacts
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Pella Excavations Unearth Trove of ‘Exceptional’ Artefacts

 AMMAN — The latest excavations of ancient Pella (modern Tabaqat Fahl) in the Jordan Valley uncovered beautiful art tools from a large stone building that archaeologists believe was the ruler’s palace, according to an Australian scholar.

German-Danish Team Unearth Building in Jerash
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German-Danish Team Unearth Building in Jerash

 AMMAN — During an excavation work carried out by the German-Danish team in Jerash, remains of a building constructed on the bedrock and destroyed by the earthquake in 749AD were found.

Wadi Rum
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‘Bubble Camps’ Bring More Tourists to Wadi Rum, Offer them Splendid View of Night Sky

 AMMAN — A new wave of luxurious camps have been spreading across Wadi Rum, contributing to attracting more tourists to the protected area, also known as the “valley of the moon”.

Oxford Researcher Explores Social Changes in Early Islamic Era
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Oxford Researcher Explores Social Changes in Early Islamic Era

 AMMAN — During the Umayyad period, a freed slave would become a “mawla” (client) of their former master, and non-Arab converts would become the client of the person who witnessed their conversion, said a British historian.

Nearly 2 million Travellers Go Through Queen Alia Airport in Q1-2019
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Nearly 2 million Travellers Go Through Queen Alia Airport in Q1-2019

 AMMAN — Some 1.9 million passengers travelled through Queen Alia International Airport (QAIA) during the first three months of the year (Q1-2019), according to a statement sent to The Jordan Times on Thursday.

Petra City
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Scholars Investigate Whole Quarter of the Ancient City Petra as Part of North-Eastern Petra Project

 AMMAN — A team of scholars involved in the North-Eastern Petra Project (NEPP) investigated for the first time a whole quarter of the ancient city and not merely a single building.

RJ’s Operational Revenues Reach Around JD653 Million in 2018 Thanks to Growth in Passenger Numbers
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RJ’s Operational Revenues Reach Around JD653 Million in 2018 Thanks to Growth in Passenger Numbers

 AMMAN — The operational revenues of Royal Jordanian (RJ) in 2018 reached JD653.3 million compared to JD605.8 million in 2017, marking an increase of 8 per cent of JD47.5 million, Chairman of RJ’s Board of Directors Said Darwazah announced on Sunday.

Petra Scores Unprecedented Record of 7,720 Visitors in One Day
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Petra Scores Unprecedented Record of 7,720 Visitors in One Day

 AMMAN — Chief Commissioner of the Petra Development and Tourism Region Authority Suleiman Farajat on Thursday said that 7,720 tourists of various nationalities visited Petra today, thus breaking the record number of visits to the site in one day.

Shehadeh Touts Potential of Jordanian Tourism Sector
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Shehadeh Touts Potential of Jordanian Tourism Sector

 AMMAN — Deputising for His Majesty King Abdullah, Minister of State for Investment Affairs Muhannad Shehadeh on Tuesday inaugurated the annual MENA sales and marketing conference.

Tourism Revenue Rises 5.2 per Cent During First Quarter of 2019
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Tourism Revenue Rises 5.2 per Cent During First Quarter of 2019

AMMAN — The Kingdom’s tourism revenue climbed 5.2 per cent and reached $1.3 billion during the first quarter of this year, in comparison to the same period of 2018.

ASEZA Launches World’s First Diving App Offering Underwater Navigation
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ASEZA Launches World’s First Diving App Offering Underwater Navigation

 AMMAN — The Aqaba Special Economic Zone Authority (ASEZA) on Saturday released the world’s first diving app offering personal GPS-based navigation technology underwater.

Children’s Museum Jordan Opens Infectious Diseases Exhibit
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Children’s Museum Jordan Opens Infectious Diseases Exhibit

 AMMAN — The Children’s Museum Jordan on Monday launched a special temporary exhibit titled, “Outbreak: Epidemics in a Connected World”, which will run until the end of the year, according to a statement sent to The Jordan Times.

Techworks-Designed Map Gives Investors Interactive Look at Jordan
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Techworks-Designed Map Gives Investors Interactive Look at Jordan

 AMMAN — Displayed at the World Economic Forum is an interactive map of Jordan, one comprised of three different digital layers highlighting Jordan’s tourist attractions, innovation hubs and investment opportunities.

Jordanian Filmmaker on Using her Lens to Trigger Change
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Jordanian Filmmaker on Using her Lens to Trigger Change

 AMMAN — According to Jordanian filmmaker Widad Shafakoj, there are other more influential means to exercise activism and press for change than taking to the streets and forming unions — the camera.

Some 5.9m Passengers Travelled Through QAIA in February 2019
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Some 5.9m Passengers Travelled Through QAIA in February 2019

 AMMAN — More than half-a-million passengers went through Queen Alia International Airport (QAIA) in February, according to statistics released by the Airport International Group (AIG) on Monday.

Petra
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Petra Visitors Continue to Increase in First Quarter of 2019

 AMMAN — The number of foreign visitors to Petra in the first three months of 2019 increased by 53 per cent to 219,503 guests, compared with the same period of 2018, when the ancient city welcomed 143,345 visitors, the Petra Development and Tourism Regional Authority (PDTRA) announced on Monday.

Ministry of Tourism in Jerash Centre
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Ministry Launches Jerash Project to Train Students in Artefact Restoration

 JERASH — The Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities on Tuesday launched the Jerash Centre for the Restoration of Ancient Artefacts project during a ceremony at the Jerash Department of Tourism.

Jordan Celebrates Petra Twinning with EU’s 2019 Cultural City ‘Matera’ in Italy
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Jordan Celebrates Petra Twinning with EU’s 2019 Cultural City ‘Matera’ in Italy

 Amman — The Al Hussein Cultural Centre in Amman on Thursday played host to a concert by The Italian Cello Trio to celebrate the twinning of stone cities Petra and Matera, the latter of which is the 2019 cultural capital city of Europe.

Ghor Safi Women in Jordan
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Ghor Safi Women Revive Ancient Jordanian Dye to Produce Homemade Textile, Accessories

 AMMAN — Under the patronage of Social Development Minister Basma Ishaqat, the Drosos Foundation and UNESCO Amman on Thursday launched the Safi Crafts line of handmade, eco-friendly textiles and accessories, which were made by women from the Ghor Safi village and will be sold in 20 stores across Jordan.

Tourism Sector in Jordan
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National Income from Tourism up 10% in First Two Months of 2019

 AMMAN — The Kingdom’s national income from tourism increased by 10 per cent in January and February 2019, to JD573.9 million, compared with figures from the same period last year, according to the Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities’ monthly statistical report issued on Sunday.

Petra City
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Ancient Nabataeans Built Dams, Terraces to Mitigate Flooding in Petra

 AMMAN — A Jordanian scholar on Wednesday gave a lecture outlining the ancient Nabataeans’ water-harvesting prowess, exemplified by the Qantara-Hremeyyeh catchment area located 3km southwest of Wadi Musa.

Algerian Artist Celebrates Jordan’s Ecology in Solo Exhibition

Algerian Artist Celebrates Jordan’s Ecology in Solo Exhibition

 AMMAN — Jordan’s ecology is being celebrated through Algerian artist Hakim Jamain’s “Cultivating the Soul” exhibition; in a reawakening for the historical role of the artist as a scientist and a researcher driven by curiosity.

UJ Museum Aims to Preserve Jordan’s Cultural Heritage
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UJ Museum Aims to Preserve Jordan’s Cultural Heritage

 AMMAN — Tucked inside the University of Jordan, a 33-year-old museum aims to preserve different aspects of local heritage for the Jordanian public and college students for “generations to come”.

King Hussein Cancer Foundation Announces Annual Hiking Initiative to Support Cancer Patients
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King Hussein Cancer Foundation Announces Annual Hiking Initiative to Support Cancer Patients

 AMMAN — The King Hussein Cancer Foundation (KHCF) on Wednesday announced that they plan on launching the “Steps for Life” initiative for the fourth year in a row.

Amman Launches Green City Action Plan, Becoming First in Region to Do So
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Amman Launches Green City Action Plan, Becoming First in Region to Do So

 AMMAN — The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) on Monday inaugurated the Amman Green City Action Plan (GCAP), making the city one of 20 worldwide now taking part in the greening project.

Mount Nebo, Baptism Site see Highest Inbound Tourism Growth Rates in 2018
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Mount Nebo, Baptism Site see Highest Inbound Tourism Growth Rates in 2018

 AMMAN — Tourism revenues in January went up by 9.1 per cent to JD458 million, compared with JD420 million in the same month last year, the Central Bank of Jordan (CBJ) announced on Tuesday.