One of the things I like best about Jerash, is the multitude of rocks. I suppose that technically these are carved stones, and no longer ‘rocks’, but when I am out there, I simply think “Wow! Rocks!” They are everywhere, and the details and carvings are plentiful and amazing. The variety of artistic styles is also very intriguing.
The one below was in the hippodrome, looking down on the outside of the stairwell which brought us up to the bleachers. I think it says “Keep your seat or you’ll fall into this stair pit, crack your head on this rock, and then roll out into the arena where you’ll be run over by chariots or eaten by gladiators.” (or something like that. I could be wrong…).
Some look randomly stacked. This doesn’t look like the original placement. I get the impression that someone(s), not professional archeologists, came along at a later date – after the Romans, but still long ago - camping, herding sheep, soldiers bivouacking , or something… they got bored… and for lack of TV, started putting things together.
It was very green. We have had a lot of rain lately, and bits of life were poking up everywhere. Like this flower in the forum.
Wheel ruts worn into the paving stones.
Honor was tickled to find treasure “X marks the spot!”
Brad and I both liked this little stairwell – I focused on the flowers, he came along later with his camera and took a shot of the stairs.
I believe these last four were taken near the Temple of Artemis. (The last three for sure, but I am not sure of this first one).