Near Amman in Jordan is an archaeological site of importance to scholars of the Neolithic Period: ‘Ain Ghazal. This is definitely one of the places worth a visit when passing by the Jordanian capital, for it is a place of rich history waiting to be explored and interpreted, a remarkable remnant of peoples who lived millennia in the past. Etymologically, it is supposedly the site of the “spring of the gazelles”, and has been dated to back to the New Stone Age, well into prehistory.
A good part of why the site is so important has to do with its size: not even the site at Jericho can compare. ‘Ain Ghazal is about 15 hectares in area, definitely large for a settlement during prehistoric times. One must remember that this was an era when civilisations [Read more…]