زيارة مسلة ميشع في متحف اللوفر في باريس، فرنسا، حزيران 2017

عند ولادتي، والتي كانت في المستشفى الإيطالي في الكرك، جاءت جدتي للمستشفى. أحبت إحدى الممرضات (وكانت راهبة إيطالية) عمل إختبار لجدتي. أدخلتها على غرفة الخداج التي أنا وطفلين آخرين فيها. ثم طلبت من جدتي التعرف على حفيدها. جدتي تمكنت من ذلك بسرعة حيث أشارت إلي وقالت: “خية… هاظا العيل تبعنا”.

يوم أمس زرت باريس للمرة الأولى في حياتي. بالنسبة لي يرتبط اسم باريس مع أشياء كثيرة من أهمها متحف اللوفر، أكبر متحف في العالم مع عدد زائربن سنوي يتجاوز السبعة ملايين زائر. اسم اللوفر يرتبط أكيداً بدوره بلوحة الموناليزا.

قبل أن أزور الموناليزا أو أن أحاول أن أري أكبر قدر معين من القطع الأثرية في اللوفر، كان هدفي الأول أن أرى “العيل تبعنا”، كأردنيين، لنا في متحف اللوفر، من ضمن الأكثر من حوالي الـ38 ألف قطعة أثرية الموجودة في المتحف توجد مسلة ميشع الملك المؤابي. أكتشفت هذه المسلة حسب ويكيبيديا عام 1868 في مدينة ذيبان في محافظة ماديبا. رأيت نسخة منها في متحف الآثار في قلعة الكرك قبل حوالي 10 سنوات. في اللوفر رأيت النسخة الأصلية! كشحص غير متخصص في الآثار، لم أرى فرقا كبيرا بين النسختين.لذلك، إستطعت بسرعة أن أتعرف على “العيل” تبعنا 

أخيرا وليس آخرا، جميل جدا تمثيل عدد كبير من الحضارات الإنسانية في مكان واحد!

 
# مقالة ويكيبيديا عن مسلة ميشع: https://ar.wikipedia.org/wiki/%D9%86%D9%82%D8%B4_%D9%85%D9%8A%D8%B4%D8%B9
 
Moabite in front of the Mesha Stele in the Louvre Museum in Paris, France, July 2017

Moabite in front of the Mesha Stele in the Louvre Museum in Paris, France, July 2017

Optical illusion in Qasr al Abd ,`Iraq al Amir, ِAmman, Jordan – خداع بصري داخل قصر العبد، عراق الأمير، عمان، الأردن

These photos were taken on 22/06/2014 inside of Qasr al Abd (literal translation from Arabic: palace of the slave) (Wikipeida article) close to the village of ‘Iraq Al Amir (Wikipedia article), Amman, Jordan.

According to Wikipedia, this palace dates back to almost 200 B.C. In it, I saw the largest building stones in a historical place in Jordan. The next photo gives an indication about how large the stones of this palace are.

A nice tourist serving as a scale for this photo

A nice tourist serving as a scale for this photo

 

These are general views from inside the palace:

Qasr al Abd Qasr al Abd Qasr al Abd

 

Inside of the palace, my brother and I did the following “risky” stunt:


Optical illusion inside of Qasr al Abd ,`Iraq al Amir, ِAmman, Jordan خداع بصري داخل قصر العبد، عراق الأمير، عمان، الأردنOptical illusion inside of Qasr al Abd ,`Iraq al Amir, ِAmman, Jordan خداع بصري داخل قصر العبد، عراق الأمير، عمان، الأردن (2)

 

Concerning the two of me in the above photo, my brother took two photos of me at two different times from almost the same spatial ponit. Therefore, I could put the two photos on top of each other using PowerPoint and then cropped one photo to only show me. Following are the two original photos:

Optical illusion inside of Qasr al Abd ,`Iraq al Amir, ِAmman, Jordan خداع بصري داخل قصر العبد، عراق الأمير، عمان، الأردن

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Cropped part

Cropped part

Concerning that my brother and I did a risky stunt, we did not do that because what you see is an optical illusion. Actually, we did not plan that. We just disocvered the illusion while viewing the photos on PC. He and I jumped not from the second floor but from the column in which I am standing on in the second photo. The landing point is not the ground but a continuation of wall. That means a less than meter difference in altitude between the two points. So, it is not as dangerous as it seems. Actually, I do not think it was dangerous at all. Therefore, the next time you happen to pass by Qaser al Abd, you know where and in which position to take a photo.

More photos from our visit:

 

Directions to Fort Bashir using google maps (Qasr Bashir) (Qasir Bashir) (Qaser Basher) (Roman Castle) (Jordan)

Satellite Image of Fort Bashir from Google Maps

Click on the above picture to go to google maps website:

Google maps provide interactive maps. Point over the map then use your mouse wheel to zoom in or out.

You can use your keyboard:

    • ———–> Zoom in
    • ————> Zoom out
  1. The four arrows on the keyboard ————-> Naviagation (Right, Left, Up, Down).

Read about Qasr Bashir in my blog:

–  http://amanfrommoab.com/2007/08/19/romans-were-here-cont/

German Archaeologist Dr. Udo Vorshack ***

Udo Vorshack

Last year, for one day, I luckily had the honor of meeting and seeing the European man in the above image. This man lived in Smakieh during last summer. He was part of a German Archaeological team that worked in Khirbat Balua (Baloua) northern of Smakieh, Karak.

He is a German Archaeologist. He told me that he got his PhD from an American University. After being baffled, I asked him why he studied in the USA. Don’t they have good universities in Germany? “This University has a good Archaeology department!” He answered confidently.  The Bedouin workers called him “Abu Hanna”. Hannah is the Arabic translation of the name of the oldest son of this doctor. His son’s name is like “Johanos”.

He is quite a nice person. Though he has a PhD, he is very modest. He has got a sense of humor. He is generous as well. If I had the chance of working with this man, I would certainly have improved my personality. I ruined my future with him! I was like a hungry man who found food… I kept asking him questions about the Archaeological history of the region! He must suspected that I am a spy or whatever!

I found the above image in a LiveJournal diary. He is back here in Jordan this year. This time, however, this Archaeological team didn’t rent a house in Smakieh  How unlucky are Smakieh people!

Now is the important question: Is the man in the above picture Dr. Udo Vorshack?

By writing this post about this doctor, I hope that whoever will google the name “Udo Vorshack” will arrive at this post. Maybe “Udo Vorshack” himself will arrive at this page! Who knows!

Do you see Udo Vorshack in the

above picture?

Stela of Balau… Again [ :) ] Stele from Balua

Some time in the past 2 weeks, I had the chance of going to the Jordanian Archaeological museum which is situated on the top of the mountain known as: “Jabal Al Qalah”. I surely forget about all the very exotic and fanatstic ruins of all kind and from all periods and went to see the most important thing for me, the thing that I have talken much about in my Blog. I went to the Stela, the Stela which was found near my village. You must have seen me standing in front of it not knowing how to express my feelings. I was able to take a photo of myself with my precious friend.

On the right, is a board [Highlighted in green circle in the photo belove] which was put beside the Stela…

Information about Fort Bashir (Qasir Bashir): written about by Johann Ludwig Burckhardt around 1812

Who is Burchardt? Here is an excerpt from wikipedia:

Johann Ludwig (also known as John Lewis, Jean Louis) Burckhardt (November 24, 1784 – October 15, 1817) was a Swiss traveller and orientalist. He wrote his letters in French and signedLouis. He is best known for rediscovering the ruins of the city of Petra (today in Jordan)

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Johann_Ludwig_Burckhardt

Burckhardt’s journey took place around 1812. Before reaching petra, south of Jordan, Burckhardt had to pass through karak. In doing so, he visited the archaeological sites in the area. One of them, to my amazement, is Fort bashir. Although it is situated in a very isolated place, he visited it. Even today, 2010, the area around fort Bashir is still uninhibited by people. You can navigate around Fort Bashir in google earth. Yes, you can see Fort Bashir using google earth. If don’t have the program installed, visit the google maps website. It doesn’t require a program. Click here for the link and the instruction.

In record of his travels through the area, he wrote a book entitled “Travels in Syria & the Holy Land”. The whole book is availabe online for free. I borrowed the book from the Library of Mu’tah University. The online version, however, doesn’t contain some Arabic words that the paperback copy contains. Burkhardt worte some Arabic words in his book. I guess they were mainly the Arabic names of the locations which he visited. Click here to read the online free copy of “Travels in Syria & the Holy Land by John Burckhardt”.

Here are the exerts from Burchardt’s book when he passed and visited the Roman Fort shown in this photo; Fort Bashir. The following text was written in the early part of the nineteenth century, around 1812. This is exactly the text from the paperback book without any modifications from me! The Arabic words are from the author. I borrowed the book from the library of Mu’tah University, Karak:

[On the spot where we reached the highest banks of the Modjeb are the ruins of a place called Akeb El Debs(عقب الدبس). We followed from thence to the top of the precipice at the foot of which the river flows, in an eastern direction, for a quarter of an hour, when we reached the ruins of Arrayr (عرعاير) , the Aroer of the scriptures, standing at the edge of the precipice, from hence a foot path leads down to the river in the Koura, about one hour to the west of Arrayr, are some hillocks called Kesour el Basheir ( قصور البشير) …]

 

 

Burchardt doesn’t mention any further information about the site, as you can red, there are almost 3 sites in his few hours walk. If he was going to write in details about every ruin site he met, pages and pages will not be enough. I was even amazed to know that there are that huge number of ruins near my village. Of all the sites mentioned above, I only knew about Kesour el Basheir (Bashir), since it is visible from my house. Read how I took this photo. Click here.

For further information, I went to the very great site: www.vkrp.org. Virtual Karak Resources Project website is authored by American Archaeologists who did studies in the governorate of Karak. It gives very detailed information about the area. The site doesn’t only provide Archaeological studies about the area, but aslo, historical, environmental, and cultural. In a page, they write about Fort Bashir.

 

Another example of a castra is Qasr Bshir, a cavalry outpost located nine miles northeast of el-Lejjun. An inscription over the front entrance indicates a construction date of AD 293-305. [Photo ] It is a quadriburgium fort, which means it is square with large corner towers. It is a square trapezoid 0.31 ha (0.77 acres) in size. Four large towers (12 m2) project from the corners. They are three stories high and contain slit windows. Around the perimeter of the lower level were stables for animals. Above the stables were barracks, which could house 150 men. [Photo, Plan of Qasr Bshir – 80K ]

Source: http://www.vkrp.org/studies/historical/roman-forts/info/castella.asp

 

Wow! It was built almost 1700 years ago! This is why I love Archaeology!

# Read a very interesting article written by Written by Marc-Henry Saillard. The article is present in a Jordanian Blog called 7iber.com. Click here to read the article.

 

# More photos of Fort Bashir:

 

Source: Virtual Karak Resources Project: www.vkrp.org

Source: Virtual Karak Resources Project: www.vkrp.org

Source: Virtual Karak Resources Project: www.vkrp.org


Source: http://www.vkrp.org/studies/historical/roman-forts/images/maps/map005.jpg

 

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Source: http://www.archaeology.org/0011/abstracts/insight.html

 


source: http://www.vkrp.org/studies/historical/

 

the old desert fortrest in jordan

Source: http://www.panoramio.com/photo/12811974

 

Qasr Bushir

Source: http://www.panoramio.com/photo/12812000

 

Qasr Bhsir Panoramica

Source: http://www.panoramio.com/photo/27576990

 

البوابة

Source: http://www.panoramio.com/photo/38280890

 

Qasr Bshir

Source: http://www.panoramio.com/photo/34351431

 

Qasr Bushir

Source: http://www.panoramio.com/photo/2972199

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