Studying Ancient Times
In the meantime, here's a picture of the ruins of Ayla, on the site of modern Aqaba, Jordan. You can read more about the site here.
One of the papers at the conference will argue that the city was damaged and repaired seven times due to earthquakes. These earthquakes apparently had an important impact on Jordan's cultural development. I'm not sure if I'll go to that session or not, but I'm impressed by the ability of scholars to figure out that sort of thing.