Talk to focus on writings found on dig in Jordan

FILE - In this Tuesday, Jan. 18, 2011 file photo, Christian Orthodox pilgrims and Israeli soldiers stand by the fence surrounding the baptismal site of Qasr el Yahud, the spot where John the Baptist is said to have baptized Jesus, near the West Bank town of Jericho. Israel opened the traditional baptism site of Jesus to daily visits on Tuesday, July 12, 2011, a move that required the cooperation of Israel's military and the removal of nearby mines along the border with Jordan in the West Bank. (AP Photo/Oded Balilty, File)

FILE - In this Tuesday, Jan. 18, 2011 file photo, Christian Orthodox pilgrims and Israeli soldiers stand by the fence surrounding the baptismal site of Qasr el Yahud, the spot where John the Baptist is said to have baptized Jesus, near the West Bank town of Jericho. Israel opened the traditional baptism site of Jesus to daily visits on Tuesday, July 12, 2011, a move that required the cooperation of Israel's military and the removal of nearby mines along the border with Jordan in the West Bank. (AP Photo/Oded Balilty, File)

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Two professors from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville have spent the past three years excavating an archaeological site in southern Jordan and found some interesting writings at the site.

Professors Erin Darby and Robert Darby have been working with epigrapher Chris Rollston, an associate professor at Emmanuel Christian Seminary in Johnson City, to learn more about the writing.

Rollston will speak Tuesday at the university's McClung Museum Auditorium. Robert Darby said in a news release that it is rare to find writing in bathhouses and small forts from the Roman Near East.

The archaeological team found numerous charcoal inscriptions and drawings decorating the walls of the bathhouse, like ancient Roman graffiti. They also found a painted inscription at the fort.


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