Ancient Inscriptions Show Life Once Flourished in Jordan’s ‘Black Desert’

Thousands of inscriptions and petroglyphs dating back around 2,000 years have been discovered in the Jebel Qurma region of Jordan’s Black Desert. They tell of a time when the now-desolate landscape was teeming with life.

“Nowadays, the Jebel Qurma area, and the Black Desert in general, is a highly inhospitable area, very arid and difficult to cross,” said Peter Akkermans, a professor at Leiden University in the Netherlands who leads the Jebel Qurma Archaeological Landscape Project. Photos the team took of the modern-day landscape show little water, vegetation or wildlife.

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New book drives introspection in the Jamaican film industry

The film sector in Jamaica has often been both lauded on one hand and jeered on the other as an industry which has not yet realised its full potential, both within the local and international marketplace.

Peter Polack, a Cayman-based writer and journalist, has been getting attention for a book he is writing on the Jamaican film industry. Poised as a historical account of Jamaica’s outstanding record as a film location, the book is to serve as an investigation into the decline of earnings in film in Jamaica and will explore solutions as to how this can be avoided in future.

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