005- Roman Period
003- Roman Forts
The Burqu’ Fort was built by the Romans in the 3rd century CE to defend the Ghadir Burqu’ water spring. Although the spring was distant from major cities, controlling it was important both to protect trade routes and to deny enemies access to water. The fort is a square structure with a 4-story tower surrounded by rooms, walls, a gatehouse, and a nearby spring-fed, dammed water reservoir. The Burqu’ fort became a Byzantine monastery in the 3rd and 4th century CE, and then an Umayyad palace around 700 CE.
Northeastern Jordan, 20 km northwest of Ruwayshid, at the GPS coordinates: 32.6133°, 37.9672°. Requires 4x4.