We have been asked “When will the Aerial Archaeology in Jordan project be finished?”. Despite flying annually in Jordan since 1997, AAJ is far from finished and each year we surprise ourselves with all of the sites we haven’t yet photographed as we learn of them, and how much sites and the landscape can change from year to year, revealing new sites and destroying others.
Our flights are usually predetermined by a list of sites that we have identified (partially thanks to the input of many colleagues working in Jordan) as needing new photography or which have not been photographed before. Flying between these sites we often catch glimpses of other sites, and occasionally these turn out to be something new too! We do an initial check of these ‘new’ sites against historical maps (such as the K737 series 1:50,000 maps) and the MEGA-Jordan database to try and identify the sites. Occasionally, a new site for us appears to be a new discovery, which is always exciting and is just the start of a process of investigation and research.
Here is a taste of what is new in our database from this year’s flying:
Two sites near Zarqa we couldn’t believe we hadn’t photographed before were Jneneh and Kh. al-Batrawy.
|Khirbet al-Batrawy - © APAAME_20141012_RHB-0034. Photographer: Robert Bewley.|
|Udhma - © APAAME_20141012_MND-0096. Photographer: Matthew Dalton.|
|Tell el-Hammam - © APAAME_20141028_DLK-0365. Photographer: David Kennedy.|
|Suwwan - ©APAAME_20141028_DLK-0386. Photographer: David Kennedy.|
|Ataruz - © APAAME_20141013_REB-0051. Photographer: Rebecca Banks.|
|Wadi Hamarash Neolithic Site (Site 1) - © APAAME_20141013_REB-0286. Photographer: Rebecca Banks.|
|Mtakalash ar-Rababa - © APAAME_20141013_MND-0507. Photographer: Matthew Dalton.|
|Deir Ain Abata - © APAAME_20141013_REB-0333. Photographer: Rebecca Banks.|
|Building rubble and cistern evident at site 'Amman Village? 1'. © APAAME_20141028_DLK-0282. Photographer: David Kennedy.|
Kh. Titn sites recommended to us by Kristoffer Damgaard.
|Kh. Titn 2 (Large Cluster) - © APAAME_20141020_RHB-0069. Photographer: Robert Bewley.|
|Mlehleb - © APAAME_20141019_DDB-0006. Photographer: Don Boyer.|
|'Tafila Fortlet? 1' - © APAAME_20141019_DDB-0244. Photographer: Don Boyer.|
|Buseira (Busayra) - © APAAME_20141019_RHB-0256. Photographer: Robert Bewley.|
|Mahattat er-Ramla on the Hedjaz Railway. © APAAME_20141020_DLK-0221. Photographer: David Kennedy.|
|Mudawwarra Northern Redoubt - © APAAME_20141020_DDB-0164. Photographer: Don Boyer.|
|A stretch of possible Roman Road near Umm er-Resas. © APAAME_20141013_MND-0244. Photographer: Matthew Dalton.|
|'Sahab Ruin 10' - © APAAME_20141028_TPH-0125. Photographer: Travis Hearn.|
Our thanks go out to everyone that helped toward making this season a success: The Packard Humanities Institute, British Institute Amman, Palestine Exploration Fund, Royal Jordanian Air Force, colleagues, friends and the fantastic APAAME/AAJ team.
You can find all of the 2014 Flying Season photographs on our Flickr '2014 Flights' collection page: https://www.flickr.com/photos/apaame/collections/72157646490200724/