Khatt Shebib | The Mystery Wall Of Jordan

By Sourav Ghosh - January 21, 2018

The world is full of ancient mysteries, leaving thousands of unanswered questions, and one of them is significantly located in Jordan which is home to the famed archaeological site of Petra, the Nabatean capital dating to around 300 B.C. By using the aerial photography, archaeologists have mapped a strange 150-km-long short heighted and wide width ruined wall across the deserted valley of Jordan, and it is known today as the "Khatt Shebib".


The appearance of Khatt Shebib's stone-wall indicates that it wasn't probably made for a defensive purpose. This mystery wall in Jordan was first reported in 1948, and since then, a lot of efforts have been made for but the archaeologists are still not so sure why and when the Khatt Shebib Wall was built, or who actually built this weird structure.

The wall of Khatt Shebib is expanded from north-northeast to south-southwest and contains sections in some locations where two walls go along together side by side, as well as sections where the wall branches off. In the present days, the Khatt Shebib wall is in its ruin condition but in the ancient time, the wall would have nearly stood about 3.3 feet high and just 1.6 feet wide, which is alluding that the Khatt Shebib perhaps wasn't built to keep protected from the invaders' army.


However, the Khatt Shebib Wall may have been built to keep out less threatening enemies such as hungry goats or other less harmful animals. According to the archaeologists of Aerial Archaeology in Jordan project, the existence of ancient agriculture to the west of the Khatt Shebib wall indicates that the mysterious structure may have served as a boundary between ancient farmlands and the pastures of nomadic farmers.

Mystery or not, like the others amazing historical sites, the Khatt Shebib is also a wonderful attraction for the archaeological tour of Jordan.

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