Greetings from sunny Madaba Jordan! The city is so beautiful and I am happy to be writing to you as one among the most diverse and talented teams Tell Hisban has seen. We are extremely international this year, representing such countries as Germany, Denmark, Russia, Greece, Italy, Norway, Jordan, and the United States. Our team also comes from many disciplines such as History, Anthropology, Archaeology, Medicine, Zooarchealogy, Environmental Archaeology, Psychology, Landscape Design, Architecture, Residential Construction, Engineering, Geography, and Sociology. Basically we are an international dream team and our goal in this third season of Tell Hisban is to improve the site as a destination which will increase tourism. As a part of this goal the architecture team is hard at work designing a welcome center for Tell Hisban–more on that later!
As a part of our first few days here the team took a tour of Madaba-which is as unique and multifaceted as this group of people-to get our bearings. Walking around is just like stepping into the pages of a history! Nestled among the shops and restaurants are buildings from the early 1900s beautifully highlighting Madaba’s rich history. Perhaps the most profound aspect of Madaba (and Jordanian) society is the hospitality of the local culture. One shopkeeper in particular, Yousef, is always welcoming to those who enter his extraordinary shop. He also makes the best tea in all of Madaba which he offers to anyone who happens to sit and visit with him. He is kind and generous with a wealth of information that is as free as the tea he offers to visitors.
Personally I am extremely excited and humbled to be a part of this team. We have already begun forging lasting friendships-bonding over local ice cream-and will continue to grow as a family of scholars. That’s it for now! Look forward to more posts and more fun as the season continues.
……Oh, and did I mention we are loving the local food??