005- Roman Period
003- Roman Forts
The Bshir Fort is a Roman fort built between 293 and 305 CE. It is one in a chain of forts and watchtowers from Umm al-Rasas to Lejjun that defended the Empire’s southeastern borders. The fort is a square structure with 3-story corner towers, a central courtyard, soldier barracks, stables, and a nearby water reservoir. It was abandoned by the Romans in the 5th century CE, and then used by the Umayyads until it was damaged by an earthquake in the 8th century CE. Despite the damage, the fort’s remote location kept it better preserved than other Roman forts in the region.
15 km northwest of Qatranah at the GPS coordinates: 31.3372°, 35.9810°. Requires 4x4.