Welcome to Faynan Heritage...

The Wadi Faynan Museum

Steve Mithen, Mohammad Najjar, and Bill Finlayson welcome you to Faynan Heritage. 

Faynan Heritage is a celebration  of the cultural heritage of Faynan: a remarkable record  of aspiration, innovation and achievement,  told through many spectacular archaeological sites. It is also a practical guide for visiting Faynan’s archaeological sites and monuments, indicating where these can be found and what they represent.

There are hundreds of archaeological sites within Faynan, ranging from scatters of ancient stone tools to Roman forts and Islamic copper works. They tell Faynan’s story from its first inhabitants, at least half a million years ago, to the present day. This book illustrates a mere 30 of these sites and monuments, selected to represent the milestones in Faynan’s history. 

The majority are easy to access by walking, while some are more difficult to find and will require a long hike. One should always use a local guide, such as from the Feynan Eco-Lodge, protect oneself from the sun, carry water and wear strong boots. Should you see any artefacts, such as pieces of pottery, metal or worked stone, they are best left on the ground, or given to the museum with a precise description of where they were found: they cannot be taken out of Faynan.

Steve Mithen is Professor of Archaeology at the University of Reading and PI of the AHRC 'Discovering Faynan Heritage' project. 
Mohammad Najjar is a field archaeologist and a former Director of Archaeological Excavation and Survey at the Department of Antiquities of Jordan. 
Bill Finlayson is Director of the Council for British Research in the Levant (CBRL) and Visiting Professor at the University of Reading.

Our knowledge about several of the archaeological sites and monuments has arisen from research supported by the British Institute at Amman for Archaeology and History, now the CBRL, under the kind patronage of HRH Sumaya bint El Hassan.

Further information is provided in the Faynan Museum. This has a scale model of the region and displays of the materials recovered by excavation. A film about the Neolithic archaeology of Faynan is available for viewing at the Feynan Eco-Lodge and on this website. 

The scale model, museum displays, film and this book have been produced by the ‘Discovering Faynan Heritage’ project, funded by the Arts & Humanities Research Council and the University of Reading UK.

The project was made possible by the kind permission of the Department of Antiquities (DoA). It is grateful to the support from his Excellency Dr Munther Jamhawi, the Director-General, and Samia Khouri, the Director of Museums and Awareness of the DoA.

Enjoy Faynan Heritage!

For the people of Faynan: past, present and future

Faynan Heritage is developed in association with these partners: