Wadi Jadid

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Within 10 Km To the South West of Madaba City At Al Fiha Village, Madaba 17110 Jordan
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Kusel
Maryland, USA173 contributions
Mar 2014 • Solo
Only 10 Km from Madaba near the Al Fiha village and not far from Mt Nebo lies a fascinating megalithic burial site (for more see Lonely Planet Guide, Jordan) created by people from the Neolithic period (4000 to 3000 BC). On the rocky hill sides around the valley are immense multi-ton stone structures called "dolmens". These consist of three or more large upright stones (megaliths) supporting a large flat horizontal capstone to form a single chamber with a portal or doorway. They are often arranged in small groups connected by alignments of small standing stones. Originally, with their immense capstone generally placed at an angle of 30 degrees, they were covered with earth or smaller stones to form a mound, but the outer layers have weathered/fallen away, leaving only the stone "skeleton". A good dozen or so are still standing, but many more damaged by earthquakes to varying degrees are scattered over the hill sides and can be seen from a distance or explored if one has time to hike the rocky slopes. One can also find other signs of early bronze age human activity, such as cup holes, stone alignments, ceremonial circles, and standing stones (menhirs), but I only had time to see a relatively small area. In about 20-30 min one can get a nice first impression if one is pressed for time. Keep in mind that this was a sacred ceremonial place for the people who created this site. With the help of Mariam Hotel owner, Charl Twal, a geologist who is trying to preserve and protect this historical archive of our global heritage, I arranged for a taxi to easily take me there on my way to Mt Nebo (Special rates for hotel guests, see hotel website). Inexpensive taxis should be possible from other hotels as well. It was a magical experience for me on the day I was there in the stillness except for a cuckoo calling as I wandered among these large grave monuments, wondering how they were erected 5000 years ago and the mystery of the ceremonies performed.

Jordan is one of the densest regions for prehistoric monuments, but over time and especially in recent years huge numbers of dolmens have been destroyed by expanding agriculture, town development, stone quarrying, or vandalism, etc. While in Madaba, if you have time and want to see more dolmens and menhirs, another extraordinary dolmen field nearby is al-Murayghat (Rough Guide, Jordan) near the village of Ma'in. Its dolmens are severely endangered by an expanding gravel quarry. It is also known for its large ceremonial standing stone, Hajr al Mansub, 8 ft high, 4.5 ft wide, and 2 ft thick at its base worthwhile seeing. Fortunately, it did not seem to be in a direct line of quarry expansion but stands magnificently in a field, visible from a distance. A scenic taxi ride took me there in about 35 min.
Written November 16, 2014
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Madaba2013
Madaba, Jordan45 contributions
Mar 2017 • Family
Very nice place to visit out door, it is a 10 Km to the west of Madaba city. Family with teens would love it. I am adding some new photos and map to showing the direction to the site as well a google earth video to show ho to driver to the site.
Written April 9, 2017
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Dolmen
Madaba69 contributions
Wadi Jadid located within 10 km to the south west of Madaba city at Al Fiha village. This Wadi is a field of dolmens (Burial Chambers or large stone memorials), where you could see more than 40 dolmens (12 of them standing in a very good condition) and the rest are damaged by earthquakes. Also there are several menhirs, cupholes and stone alignments as well. These dolmens dating to around 3000 B.C about 5000 years old, from the Early Bronze Age I. The locals there believed that dolmens are the houses of ghosts, they called it in Arabic Bit Al Ghula.
Written June 2, 2009
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nolanfamily17
Amman, Jordan92 contributions
Jan 2014 • Couples
Not far from the bustle of Madaba is this mystical place with more dolmen all together than I even knew existed. it is a beautiful spot - so tranquil - and well worth the effort to find it. The lovely staff in the Mariam Hotel went out of their way to help us, and we weren't even guests there!
Written January 12, 2014
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nancyandleslie
Toronto, Canada298 contributions
Apr 2015 • Couples
We asked so many people from Mt Nebo to Madaba, even historians, about where the dolmens were located and we got so many wrong answers. Just remember Mariam Hotel! We picked up 2 young Jordanian boys who took us to a narrow deserted road, which actually had other dolmens, but they were difficult to get to because of prickly plants. However, the place was so peaceful and we had the place to ourselves, so it was worth it...definitely worthwhile searching for.
Written April 19, 2015
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Archie
Glenmoore, PA5,094 contributions
May 2018 • Family
We have to thank the mariam hotel staff for providing us with a map. Its not an easy place to find. The drive is deserted. We were driving along the road when 15 children between 10-13 rushed to our car to stood between the car and road started throwing rocks and asking for money. They also opened the car door. My little one was behind. That was a scary experience. We honked and started moving the car when they continued throwing stones. The road is very bad definitely a dirt road. We did not feel safe going there. We drove around a little but did not find it and drove back to the hotel. Wish we got a chance to see it.
Written May 28, 2018
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Aquachic18
Boyle, Ireland40 contributions
Nov 2011 • Couples
Our first Wadi - quite amazing! The scale was awesome
Written January 20, 2012
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Luca C
173 contributions
Oct 2017 • Couples
Wadi Jadid is a desertiche site on the Hills near Madaba, absolutely not publicized because the inhabitants don't Mike that tourists go there, on their ground used by shepherds. You must download a map drawed by a traveler from the website of Hotel Mariam, get a car and drive toward Mount Nebo, then turn left to Al FIBA Village, then... Read the map. Leave the car at the end of the path and walk among the Hills: you'll find many dolmens of Bronze Age, big and little, and nobody else. People there say that these dolmens are ghosts' houses and sometimes destroy some of them, su hurry up and go there as soon as possible!
Written April 3, 2018
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October 3101
Paphos, Cyprus115 contributions
Oct 2014 • Couples
very sombre but thought provoking. from a historical viewpoint it is good to see.tranquil place not far from madaba
Written November 17, 2014
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