In the midst of the Jordan Valley are the ruins of the ancient city of Pella, one of the cities of the fabled Roman Decapolis. Pella is of great importance to archaeologists because it reveals evidence of 6000 years of continuous settlement. In fact, it’s regarded as the most historically significant site in all Jordan. Centred on a large tell and surrounded by fertile valleys that together comprise a rich watershed, Pella has fostered human civilisation from the Stone Age to medieval Islamic times. The ruins lie a few kilometres away from the modern Arab village of Taqabat Fahl.
Many of the ruins are spread out and in need of excavation, so some walking and a bit of imagination are required to get the most from the site. The superb setting just above the Jordan Valley can be reward enough, particularly when the land blooms in spring.