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New archaeological preserve saves megaliths from destruction

A new archaeological preserve has been formed in the Jordan Valley, sparing hundreds of millennial tombs from being destroyed by construction.

According to the Department of Antiquities (DoA), a new protected area has been declared in the Damiya dolmen fields, an area home to hundreds of megalithic structures dating back to 3000BC that has been under mining operations.

According to DoA Director General Ziad Saad, a deal was reached with the mining company last month to set aside a 600 dunnum area in the northern part of the field which contains most of the dolmens for preservation as a national archaeological park.

Under the agreement, 23 dolmens that remain within the mining concession area will be relocated to the protective zone, which was recently registered as an archaeological site and as DoA property.

“We have made a big step in securing the area and preserving these important cultural and archaeological artefacts,” Saad told The Jordan Times in an interview on Monday, adding that the protected area will soon be fenced off as a “dolmen national park”.

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2 thoughts on “New archaeological preserve saves megaliths from destruction

  1. I am sure I can prove beyond any doubt the significance of what in the opinion of several, professionals I have consulted after over fifteen years of my own personal research into this area. It turned out the Sno Ta Hay canyon did and does exists at least for now until more gold minors move into the area. I hope you find this as fascinating as we did. The images are about the size of many images in the desert of the Nazca lines. Thanks,

    (there is no www in the link above, if you try with the www the link won’t work properly)

    Phillip Anderson (707) 245-5092

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