Visitors to the Jordan stand can find out more about one of the world’s most exciting archeological discoveries, which was made this year.
A huge monument was discovered buried under the sands at the Petra World Heritage site in southern Jordan in June 2016, proving the ‘Lost City’ still has many secrets to unveil. Archaeologists used satellite images, drone photography and ground surveys to locate the monument, which they say is unlike any other structure at the site.
The large platform is about as long as an Olympic swimming pool and twice as wide and researchers described the find as ‘hiding in plain sight’. It is believed the monument was built in the mid-second century BC when the Nabataean city of Petra was at its most prominent. It is thought it was built for ceremonial purposes.
Next year is an exciting time for Jordan as it celebrates 100 years since the arrival of Lawrence of Arabia during World War One. Lawrence had a natural affinity with the Arab people, learning their language and customs and reading about their history and he gained the title ‘Al Auruns’.
Jordan will also be getting ready to welcome operator and agent members of the Association of Independent Tour Operators (AITO), which has chosen the country as the setting for its 2016 overseas conference, for its 40th anniversary year.
AITO Specialist Travel Agents Chairman Gemma Antrobus said: “Jordan really is a ‘must visit’ destination and one that every AITO agent ought to know in greater depth, so that they can include it within their range of suggested mid-haul break holidays to clients.”
The capital city of Amman is a cultural hub and ‘the centre of adventure’, with the majority of the country’s extraordinary activities within driving distance.
Jordan Tourism Board Managing Director Dr Abed Al Razzaq Arabiyat, said: “Jordan offers a unique blend of old and new, with its modern restaurants, traditional boutiques, art galleries and local markets. We take great pride in our fascinating and vibrant country. “The Dead Sea is a world wonder in its own right and, sitting at over 400m below sea level, it is the lowest point on earth – an iconic phenomenon which entices visitors to Jordan from all over the world.”