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

The remains of the ancient city of Gerasa continue today to exhibit the key elements of the Roman-era city plan, including the Oval Plaza (foreground) and Cardo, the colonnaded road leading to the north that served as the city's north-south axis. By comparison with the image of the area from approximately one century earlier, it is apparent how much the modern city of Jarash has grown over the archaeological remains of the residential area of the ancient city. A major challenge that the Jordanian Department of Antiquities currently faces is the protection of archaeological sites in the face of rapid development in many areas of Jordan. MEGA-J will serve as a tool to aid in the DoA's protection efforts. Photo: David Myers