As Henry - Indiana - Jones would say: "We (as archaeologists) do not follow old maps, discover no missing treasures and never has an X marked a significant point anywhere at any time".
At the beginning of this year's campaign we were also confronted with a map with many white areas. Exploring for the first time a site that before us only Bedouins and few researchers had access to is a new challenge for many of us. After two weeks of work, the X marked on the map of Al Jumayyil (near the famous Umm ar-Rasas in beautiful Jordan) now show important locations: a house with fireplaces in use during the Mamluk period, a church at the Tell (mountain) with a mosaic floor, a lower church, and numerous cisterns around the entire settlement. Cisterns were documented - an important finding about the water supply! - and mosaic floors were uncovered and stone blocks with crosses, arch ornaments and a tabula ansata were drawn. Our team is now highly motivated to uncover strata and find more Nabataean, Late Roman, Umayyad and Mamluk pottery in the halfway stage of this year's excavation campaign 💪🏻🤠 Architecture, sculpture and ceramics were also a big part of our trips to Gerasa and Petra. There we walked on Roman forums as well as on the traces of the Nabataeans, like Alois Musil and Gertrud Bell in former times. The camel ride through the beautiful landscape of Petra rounded off the second week of our campaign, bringing us new enthusiasm for the second half of the excavation and more excursions. #archaeology#studentlife#excavation#univie#uniwien#ikavienna#antiquity#lateantiquity#fieldwork#lehrgrabung@univienna