|Yajuz in 1998. © APAAME_19980517_DLK-0031.|
The Roman highway from Philadelphia to Gerasa (Jarash) passes by its eastern fringe (Blue). The road has been well-known for over a century and numerous milestones have been recorded. The first stage of about 10 Roman miles is now hard to trace amongst the rapid recent sprawl of Amman and many of the milestones have been broken up, buried or pushed away by development. Yajuz itself seemed safe, protected by its status as a site excavated extensively over many years and marked by boards set up by the Department of Antiquities of Jordan.
|Google Earth screen capture of Yajuz site with areas of interest indicated.|
|New Apartment blocks at 'A'. © APAAME_20141029_DLK-0503.|
|Houses at SE corner of Yajuz at 'B'. © APAAME_20130414_RHB-0468.|
It is clear the site is being slowly but steadily eaten away by development. The blue-roofed building which had already intruded into the site over a decade ago has now – since April 2013, been joined by a two large blocks of apartments (A). At the southeast corner two houses were cut into the site several years ago (B). Now another house is being constructed cutting into the north edge (C).
|House in North of site at 'C'. © APAAME_20141029_DLK-0512.|
- David Kennedy
Kennedy & Bewley (2010) 'Archives and Aerial Imagery in Jordan', in Cowley, Standring and Abicht (Eds) Landscapes through the Lens, Oxford: 193-206.