conservation image Middle Eastern Geodatabase for Antiquities (MEGA) - Jordan
A project of the Getty Conservation Institute

Decorative mosaics are a common element of archaeological sites in Jordan. The 'Map Mosaic' dates from the 6th century AD and is located within the floor of the apse of the Basilica of St. George in Madaba. The mosaic is renowned as the oldest known floor map mosaic, and the oldest surviving original map of the Holy Land. It includes depictions of the Dead Sea and Jordan River, the Nile Delta, a detailed view of Jerusalem, and Bethlehem. Photo: Alison Dalgity