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The 'Ayn Gharandal Archaeological Project

Robert and Erin Darby began the 'Ayn Gharandal Archaeological Project (AGAP) in August 2009, after learning that looters were damaging the site, 'Ayn Gharandal, in southern Jordan. Since that time, AGAP has completed 4 seasons of survey and excavation, revealing the remains of a Roman military outpost.

The 'Ayn Gharandal Archaeological Project seeks to contribute to our understanding of Jordan's rich and diverse cultural heritage through documentation and publication of the archaeological materials and site of 'Ayn Gharandal in the Arabah Valley.  Our long term project goals are to:

  • Investigate the occupational history of the site from the Nabataean through Early Islamic periods through systematic archaeological excavations and study seasons
  • Map and record its architectural remains using state-of-the-art technology
  • Collect, analyze, and publish the material culture recovered at the site
  • Preserve and protect the site and its ruins for future generations

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