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The bones showed evidence of burning, which led to the assumption that the altar functioned as a pyre.

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In the northern modern-day Jordan, the Greek cities of Philadelphia (Amman), Gerasa, Gedara, Pella and Arbila joined with other cities in Palestine and Syria; Scythopolis, Hippos, Capitolias, Canatha and Damascus to form the Decapolis League, a fabled confederation linked by bonds of economic and cultural interest.

Philadelphia became a point along a road stretching from Ailah to Damascus that was built by Emperor Trajan in 106 AD.

Ptolemy II Philadelphus, the Macedonian ruler of Egypt, who occupied and rebuilt the city, named it "Philadelphia", which means "brotherly love" in Greek.

The name was given as an adulation to his own nickname, Philadelphus.

It is expected that in the next 10 years these three cities will capture the largest share of multinational corporation activity in the region.

Amman derives its name from the 13th century BC when the Ammonites named it "Rabbath Ammon", with the term Rabbath meaning the "Capital" or the "King's Quarters".

In the outskirts of Amman, one of the largest known ancient settlements in the Near East was discovered.

The site, known as 'Ain Ghazal which is situated on a valley-side, dates back to 7250 BC and spans an area of 15 hectares (37 acres).

Along with a productive agricultural sector, which made Ammon a vital location along the King's Highway, the ancient trade route connecting Egypt with Mesopotamia, Syria and Anatolia.

As with the Edomites and Moabites, trade along this route gave the Ammonites considerable revenue.

These statues are human figures made with white plaster.

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