In Jordan, archaeologists have now been excavating and restoring the ancient city of Um Qeis, about 125 kilometres (80 miles) north of Amman, for more than a year.
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SV Dr. Ute Lux Director of the German Archaeological Institute in Jerusalem, supervising digging.
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SV PAN Ancient stones at excavation site.
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SV Dr. Lux with fellow worker measuring tombs. (2 shots)
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Background: In Jordan, archaeologists have now been excavating and restoring the ancient city of Um Qeis, about 125 kilometres (80 miles) north of Amman, for more than a year.
SYNOPSIS: The work is being carried out by German, Danish and Polish archaeologists, with help from the Jordanian Department of Archaeology. Um Qeis is better known as the ancient Palestinian city of Gadara. The excavation and restoration is being supervised by Dr. Ute Lux, Director of the German Institute for Archaeology in Jerusalem. Permission for the work was first sought in 1966, but the Arab-Israeli was of 1967 forced a postponement of the plans, and the following war of 1973 caused further delay.
It was not until 1974 that Dr. Lux and her team were allowed into Jordan to make a general survey of Um Qeis. The city when know as Gadara had been a member of the Decapolis, a league of ten Greek cities set up by the Roman leader, Pompey, in Roman Syria. The league survived until the second century AD. Gadara was believed to have been University city, with several of its citizens becoming prominent in the field of literature.
Work on excavating and rebuilding Um Qeis will continue for another three years as one of the five year plans of the Jordanian Archaeology Department aimed at discovering and restoring some of the past glories of Jordan. The project's director, Dr. Lux, worked on unearthing two Byzantine mosaic floors at Madaba in Jordan before coming to Um Qeis.