Cultural Info: Jordan

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E. Lawrence, better known as Lawrence of Arabia, advised leaders during the Great Arab Revolt in Jordan during World War I. 

Jordan is home to the ancient city of Petra. Known as “The Rose City”, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Petra is famous for its unique architecture carved directly into the rock face over 5000 years ago. 

Jordan is home to many biblical sites such as the Jordan River where Jesus was baptized by John the Baptist, Mount Nebo where Moses died, as well as  cities of Sodom and Gomorrah. 

Mansaf  is Jordan's national dish. It consists of cooked lamb shank in fermented yogurt broth before being dried and seasoned with paprika and cumin. The lamb is sprinkled with pine nuts, chopped almonds, warm yogurt sauce, and steamed rice. Mansaf is served on a large platter with sherak (flatbread) forming a base and eaten with your hands. 

Petra has served as the backdrop for many films, notably the final scenes from Indiana Jones, the Last Crusade, Lawrence of Arabia, Red Planet and the Martian. 

The ancient capital of the Nabataean kingdom, Petra was a crossroads for camel caravans traveling through the Silk Road  to trade spices and perfumes. Today you can still view the elaborate carved sandstone temples, tombs, and palaces.

Archaeological evidence such as Paleolithic tools such as knives, hand-axes, and scrapers made of flint and basalt points that humans have lived in what is now Jordan for at least 90,000 years.

Jordan is located in the Fertile Crescent, one of the world regions were agriculture likely originated during the Neolithic period (8,500 - 4,500 BCE).  During this period people domesticated grains, peas, lentils, goats, and later cats to protect their food from rodents. 

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