Introduction to Jordan: Petra and Beyond with Dr. Kevin Gibbs

Introduction to Jordan: Petra and Beyond with Dr. Kevin Gibbs


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Jordan is home to many biblical sites such as the Jordan River where Jesus was baptized by John the Baptist and Mount Nebo where Moses died. But today it has become a popular and enthralling travel destination—and for good reason. It’s an accessible and welcoming country, known equally for its ancient archaeological wonders, dramatic landscapes, deep-rooted cultural traditions, and vibrant modern cities. This seminar provides an introduction to the wide range of attractions that Jordan has to offer.

Together we will survey of Jordan’s diverse landscapes and environments, such as the meandering Jordan River and the Dead Sea—the lowest point on earth; the highlands dotted with Mediterranean-like olive orchards and bisected by steep-walled gorges; the vast deserts to the east and south of the country, including the towering mountains of Wadi Rum; and the underwater playground of the Red Sea, with its colorful marine life. 

We will also explore Jordan’s rich archaeology and history, including early sites with Biblical connections, Roman cities like well-preserved Jerash, Crusader-era castles, and, of course, the rock-cut tombs and temples of Petra—the capital city of the Nabataeans and one of the undisputed wonders of the archaeological world. 

Modern life in Jordan is equally fascinating, with its mixture of lifestyles, religions, and cultures, from the chic wine bars and bustling cafes of Amman to the traditional hospitality of the Bedouin people. We will conclude with some of the challenges facing modern Jordan and how advances in eco-tourism and environmental policies are helping to create a sustainable future.

Led by an expert on the archaeology of Jordan, Dr. Kevin Gibbs, this interactive seminar will explore the country’s geography, history, and culture. Designed to inform curiosity as well as future travels, participants will come away with an increased understanding of Jordan’s natural and cultural wonders.

Kevin Gibbs is an archaeologist based at the University of California, Berkeley. He completed his PhD at the University of Toronto. He has carried out research in various parts of North America, East Asia, and the Middle East but for the last 20 years his fieldwork has focused primarily on the archaeology of Jordan. He has taught courses on archaeology and cultural anthropology at several universities, including Berkeley, the University of Nevada Las Vegas, the University of Toronto, and the University of Manchester.

This conversation is suitable for all ages

90 minutes, including a 30 minute Q&A.

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A great overview if you want to travel there

This was a fabulous presentation. Dr. Gibbs laid out a travel itinerary and “took” you there with great visuals and really good background information about each destination. I really appreciated his comments on being a respectful traveler and sustainability.

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Beyond my expectations

I've been wanting to visit Jordan for some time. Kevin coverage of places to visit was excellent and I learned of a bunch of new places I wasn't aware of. One of the top presenters if watched.

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P.M.
A great overview if you want to travel there

This was a fabulous presentation. Dr. Gibbs laid out a travel itinerary and “took” you there with great visuals and really good background information about each destination. I really appreciated his comments on being a respectful traveler and sustainability.

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S.W.
Jordan

Excellent presentation

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C.B.
Beyond my expectations

I've been wanting to visit Jordan for some time. Kevin coverage of places to visit was excellent and I learned of a bunch of new places I wasn't aware of. One of the top presenters if watched.