Awhile back I wrote a feature for inTravel magazine about my time working on an archaeological excavation in Jordan, an excerpt of which is included below:
Admittedly, it was with a mixture of trepidation and excitement that I initially accepted a position as a volunteer archaeologist in Jordan. Stories of grotesque camel spiders and venomous snakes were a source of apprehension, but the thought of working with the local Bedouin people on ancient sites in Jordan’s picturesque Dana Biosphere Reserve quenched any initial misgivings.
Soon after arriving in Amman we were all whisked off on a long journey south to Jordan’s remote Dana Biosphere Reserve. As Jordan’s largest nature reserve, it is home to a variety of endangered species and a series of mountain ridges, not to mention the ancient Ata’ta tribe. Moonlight and stars were the only source of light as they shone on the enormous canyons and small villages we passed through, with the van bringing us closer to the Wadi Feynan Ecolodge, which was to be our home for the next month.
To read the entire feature, head to inTravel’s website here.