Wednesday 22 February 2012

Pic of the day: Umm el-Jimal

This large stone built town on the western edge of the Basalt Desert of Jordan had a significant Nabataean settlement, but expanded greatly during the Roman period. 

This photograph goes back in the archives to 1998, our second year of flying and a big one with nine flights! Taken almost directly vertical over the ruins of Umm el-Jimal, it seems all the more outstanding as it was before we made the transition to digital photography with the benefits rapid fire and automatic focus. 

You can see more photographs from Flight 19980512 here or more of Umm el-Jimal here.

Thursday 16 February 2012

Pic of the day : Qattafi Mesa 7

Qattafi Mesa 7 (Boyer's Butte), Qattafi Cairns 4, Qattafi Cairns 14, Qattafi Mesa 5. Photograph: David Kennedy APAAME_20111027_DLK-0677
This mesa in the basalt desert of Jordan is very remote, but the cairns on the surface have been illicitly excavated. When we recently visited this site the surface was strewn with both modern and ancient inscriptions on the basalt boulders, testimony that despite its remote location it is has been a popular 'spot' for centuries. And why not?- as you can see the view is simply breathtaking.

Tuesday 14 February 2012

Pic of the Day: Valentine's Day

Our themed Pic of the Day today: Two doves in the bell tower of the Greek Orthodox Church at Bethany on Jordan, 2011.

Wednesday 8 February 2012

Roman Archaeology Group Free Lecture

Want to learn about the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire? please attend the Roman Archaeology Group of Perth's free lecture series

The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire
2nd session
2 Illustrated Lectures
Winthrop Professor David Kennedy

Saturday 25 February
Social Sciences Lecture Theatre
University of Western Australia

1:30pm - The Decline...
2:30pm - tea break ($7 for RAG Members $10 for non-members)
3:00pm - The Fall: Political and Military Explanations

Please let us know of you interest be emailing Maire Gomes.
Next lectures in the series: Saturday 24 March, 2012.

The Perth Writer's Festival will also be on campus that weekend so plan ahead with public transport or brave the limited on campus parking.