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Um er-Rasas (Kastrom Mefa'a)
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Type of site: Cultural
Date: 3rd-9th c. AD
Date of Inscription: 2004
Location: Middle East, Jordan, Madaba Governorate
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Description: Much of the Um er-Rasas archaeological site still remains unexcavated. Holding Roman, Byzantine and Early Moslem period (end of 3rd to 9th century AD) remains, the site was initially a Roman military camp and developed into a town in the 5th century. Little excavation has taken place within the ca 150x150m fortified military camp. Furthermore the site holds several churches, a number of them boasting well preserved mosaic floors; especially noteworthy is the Church of Saint Stephen’s mosaic floor with its illustration of region’s towns. Two square towers atop which ascetic monks spent time in seclusion are perhaps the only remnants of the stylite monk practice, renowned in the area. Um er-Rasas is enclosed by, and speckled with, vestiges of ancient agricultural cultivation. --WHMNet paraphrase from the description at WHC Site, where additional information is available. For 360 degree imaging of this site, click here.
  Um er-Rasas (Arabic: أم الرّصاص) (Kastrom Mefa'a, Kastron Mefa'a) is an archeological site in Jordan which contains ruins from the Roman, Byzantine, and early Muslim civilizations. The majority of the site has not been excavated. Among the portions excavated so far include a military camp, and several churches. For its unique blend of civilizations, Um er-Rasas was inscribed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2004. --Wikipedia. Text is available under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License. For 360 degree imaging of this site, click here.
Reference: 1. UNESCO World Heritage Center, Site Page.
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