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Gerasa and the Golden River: The Life of a City in the Decapolis
September 14, 2018 @ 3:30 pm EDT
7757 Baltimore Avenue
College Park, MD 20740 United States
AIA Society: Washington, D.C.
Lecture by Rubina Raja, Aarhus University
This lecture addresses the recent research undertaken by the Danish-German Jerash Northwest Quarter Project of which Rubina Raja is the director together with a German colleague. Gerasa was one of the famous Decapolis cities in the region of modern northern Jordan. The city underwent rapid developments from the Late Hellenistic period into the early Islamic period, when it was struck by a devastating earthquake in 749 CE. The lecture gives an overview of the archaeology and history of the city and contextualizes the developments within the framework of the new results, which have been based on among other things on the incorporation of high definition methods from natural sciences.