So I’m in a hostel in Amman, Jordan with my dear friend and fellow USC archaeology grad Ashley Sands! She just finished her Turkish excavation and I’m about to go to England for grad school, so we decided to meet in Jordan and spend a few weeks traveling around.

Our first day has been pretty eventful. Sort of. We overslept, thus missing the hostel’s free breakfast and the coolest hours of the day. Fun fact: Jordan is experiencing a heat wave right now. So around noon we took a walk around, trying to find food. Another fun fact: It’s currently Ramadan, which means all the restaurants are closed until sundown. So Ashley and I eventually settled for sharing a piece of bread.

Then we took a taxi up to the Citadel, which contained some beautiful ruins, particularly the Temple of Hercules. It was very hot up top, but luckily there was a bit of a breeze, so walking was fine. We also went through the archaeological museum, which housed artifacts from the Paleolithic to the Ottoman period. It was hotter inside the museum than outside.

Ashley at the Temple of Hercules

The whole citadel tour took less than an hour, so Ashley and I ended up back at the hostel, where we are now lying in bed with the air conditioning on and waiting for the sun to go down.

Tomorrow we head to Ramallah to work at the library at the Birzeit University Institute of Archaeology. We’ll be cataloging books, working with a database, and doing lots of alphabetizing–should be exciting!

More updates and pictures to follow!

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