Jordania lanza catálogo de antigüedades online

Jordan launches largest online antiquities catalogue

El Gran Templo de Petra, Jordania

The newest and biggest online database of historic objects in the world has been launched in Jordan. The Middle Eastern Geodatabase for Antiquities, Mega, has information on all of Jordan’s 11,000 historic sites.

Reporter
Dale Gavlak

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Lying at the crossroads of three continents, Jordan hosts a number of World Heritage sites. The most famous is the spectacular 2,000 year-old rose rock city of Petra, which draws some one million tourists every year. But the country also is chock full of other historic sites dating from the Neolithic Age, through Biblical times to the Crusades and Ottoman times.

The online system will define the boundaries of each Jordanian site, which is key to preventing urban encroachment on antiquities zones. Government authorities can use the system to plan strategies for research and tourism development. Meanwhile, field inspectors can quickly report theft or damage by those visiting the sites.

Mega is expected to be used elsewhere, particularly in neighbouring Iraq, which has witnessed wide-scale damage and theft of its extensive archaeological treasures.

Dale Gavlak, BBC News, Amman

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at the crossroads of
en el cruce, en este caso, el punto de encuentro

hosts
(Jordania es) la sede

draws
atrae

chock full of
repleto

key to
esencial

urban encroachment
expansión urbana

antiquities zones
lugares donde objetos de importancia histórica han sido excavados

field inspectors
expertos que visitan y estudian lugares históricos

neighbouring
(el país) vecino

witnessed
experimentado, presenciado

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