My offering to the Jerash Nymphaeum, Jordan


In 2004, while on field school in Jordan, we would spend most Saturdays traveling to many of the countries rich archaeological sites – in other words – It-Was-Awesome!

On one particular Saturday we drove north to the area around the 2nd century CE Roman city of Jerash. It’s amazingly preserved, complete with an hippodrome (racetrack) and a theatre, adjacent to the modern city (click here for more info on Jerash).

The morning of our trip to Jerash, in my half asleep stupor as I got ready for the bus, I put on my flip flops instead of running shoes. Now, flip flops are pretty much my default foot attire, but really not appropriate for climbing around archaeological ruins.

When I arrived at the Nymphaeum,  a fountain dedicated to the Nymphs, I stubbed my toe on part of the foundation. Leaving behind a nice blood offering to the city. I then spent the next half an hour asking around for a band-aid.

The moral of this story?

Always carry your own band-aids when visiting archaeological sites!

….What? Was I supposed to learn something else? 😛

Nymphaeum c.190 CE, Jerash, Jordan

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About newmuseumkat

I am a museologist and an archaeologist. I love both, but they work best when mixed together.
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