Umm el jimal Travel Guide

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Umm' Al Jimal site entrance

Umm' Al Jimal site entrance

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Umm al jimal means mother of the camel. This area, less then 100 km from Amman, is known as the 'black oasis', due to the large amount of dark volcanic stone here. The city was built on an earlier Nabataean settlement and is constructed from big chunks of basalt rock. It is once believed to have been a staging post for camel caravans.

The ruined city contains a large number of water cisterns, both for public and domestic use. As Umm el Jimal is a great distance away from any natural water source, it is difficult to see how the ancient citizens procured their water. There are aqueducts built at ground level, however, so it is only to be supposed that the people were enterprising enough to channel water along these aqueducts from a distance of many miles.

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