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Museum Idea

Pella Museum introduces the public to the wealth of the geologyand paleontology of Jordan. It aims to become a regional center that addressesways of understanding the natural heritage of theJordanian landscape within the wider Middle Eastern context.






The museum promotes the history of Jordan prior toarcheology,from 500 million to 250 thousand years, by bridging the gap between the academic/scientific works and the wider public.


Museum Location

The museum is located on a hillside overlooking the archeologicalsite of Pella in the northern partof the Jordan Valley, one of theten Roman cities (the Decapolis). The building is located at zerosea elevation, with the rest ofJordan rift valley to the westdescending to -150 meters below sea level.

In addition to the archeology of Pella, Jordan's longest and most completerecord of human activity with almost uninterruptedsettlement history for more than 10,000 years, the museum issurrounded by manygeological and natural history attractions.

A few kilometers to the northeast is a hot spring (Himmet Abu-Thableh) with one of the two known natural bridges in Jordan, the other being thefamous natural bridge of Wadi Rum. The building siteitself has many fossillayers that are rich in ammonites - baculites,and the village of Tabaket Fahel below sits on a thick layer ofTravertine and Tufa created byprehistoric springsand caves. This

location has some of Jordan's best specimens of pisoliths.


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