Sunday, July 23, 2006

Studying Ancient Times

Well, I'm off for a week in London to do research, attend the Seminar for Arabian Studies, and do whatever else I find to do. Hopefully my trip there won't be marred in the same way last year's was.

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.


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