Amman Archaeological Museum


The Citadel



Shrine of Atargatas Nabatean Goddess of fruits and fertility found in 1936.


Fragments of the Dead Sea Scrolls which were discovered in the area of the Qumran Wadi between 1947 and 1956, and now on display at the museum. The texts are copies of religious and historical documents dating from before 100 BCE, and relate to the cult of the Essenes.


A marble statue of Daedalus, part of a group including Icarus, (the rest was in fragments) found on the terrace of the Citadel. It is a Roman copy of a 5th century BCE Hellanistic group. Strapping can be seen across the chest, holding his wings as he prepares for his flight.







Jordan Tour



A 7th century BCE Neo Assyrian vessel decorated with a frieze representing the Egyptian God Bis with deers and lions found at Tel Nimrin in the Jordan valley.


An Iron Age (1200-100 BCE) Horned Altar showing two nude figures of the Goddess Astarti stood on the heads of cats found in Pella in 1983.


King Mesha of Moab erected a stele about 850 BCE as a thanksgiving to the Moabite God Chemosh for deliverance from the Israelites, who had invaded his lands and established strongholds there.


Although smashed by treasure hunters the fragments have been restored and copies made showing most of the wording. It is important as the first eye witness account of the history of Jordan and Palestine in the 1st millennium BCE. Prior to this the Bible, which was compiled much later, was the only source. Written in the Moabite language it reflects Moabite literature, culture and religion, and accounts of Mesha’s wars, and reflects common near eastern belief in intervention by the Gods.


The Mesha Stele