Figure 1. Fassu’ah Fort. Showing the isolated Fassu’ah Fort and the two birkas in for foreground. Image, R.H Bewley, APAAME_20151006_RHB-0108, 2015.

The Ottoman Hajj Forts of Southern Jordan: a tale of damage and preservation

I first visited Jordan in 2006 as the Landscape Archaeologist for the Great Arab Revolt Project (GARP, n.d.). Over nine seasons, this project investigated the archaeology of the Arab Revolt of 1916-1918 and discovered extensive Ottoman militarisation of a landscape built to defend the Hejaz Railway against attacks from the Hashemite Arab Army and British forces (Saunders 2018).