Monastery on the Mount of Aaron
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The Finnish Archaeological Project in Petra
mysterious Petra is known best for its royal tombs cut in soft sandstone.
Being the most important tourist site in Jordan today, the city used to serve
as the center of trade and agriculture in the area at the crosspoint
of great caravan routes. Charred papyri from 537 A.D., found in an excavated
church in Petra, mention also a nearby monastery on the Mount of St. Aaron,
the high priest and brother of Moses.
We have now a unique
opportunity to study the ruins of this lonely and forgotten building complex.
The first, preliminary season began in July 1998 at the foot of the peak on
which lies St. Aaron's mausoleum, a holy site for three religions. The
project is led by professor Jaakko Frösén, Helsinki University, and financed by the Emil Aaltonen Foundation. Full scale
excavations began in the
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