Just 33 days. Unbelievable.
It’s starting to feel more real the more I think about it. The days seem to fly by with work, studying Arabic & for the GRE before I leave, and I am always wavering between excitement and anticipation, & nerves and anxiety. Hopefully the more I learn about Jordan & Amman through this blog will help me overcome those feelings of anxiety when I arrive.
So this post will be all about Amman & its rich history. I learned a lot by writing about this, and I hope it benefits you as a resource for any questions you may have.
Amman has a long and rich history, which today is traced all the way back to around 7250 BC, when the ‘Ain Ghazal settlement was built and inhabited for the next 2,000 years by about 3,000 people just outside of modern metropolitan Amman. Later, the Ammonites would control the territory, and Amman was their capital, known as “Rabbath Ammon,” from which Amman drew its name. It was an ideal location for the Ammonites, as it was directly along the King’s Highway, a trade route connecting Egypt to the Sinai Peninsula, Syria, and greater Mesopotamia. Even today, there are ruins of the Ammonite society throughout Amman. At this time, the Kingdom of Jordan did not yet exist as a unified entity; instead, today’s modern Jordanian territory was made up of the Kingdoms of Ammon, Moab, and Edom.