School of Humanities

Jarash Hinterland survey

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The University has led several survey teams to Jarash in Jordan to identify ancient remains of the Greco-Roman city of Gerasa threatened by modern urban development.

Development of ancient town

The modern town of Jarash overlies the eastern half of the ancient city and in recent years has flowed over and well beyond the ancient walls.

The western half of Gerasa (also known as Antioch) with its well-known monuments, was designated an archaeological park and protected within the well-preserved city walls on that side.

However, beyond the walls are several well-known tombs which in recent years have been threatened by construction.

While the Department of Antiquities of Jordan is alert for building work disturbing ancient remains, construction of new houses, road-building and farming is eroding lesser traces of the ancient city beyond the walls. 

Surveys

Two surveys were carried out in 2005 and 2008 of the area immediately beyond the walls of the ancient city, focusing on the south, west and north where most new development is taking place.