Photo and caption by Rasem Keilani
Known as The Valley of the Moon is a valley cut into the sandstone and granite rock in southern Jordan 60 kms (37 mi) to the east of Aqaba; it is the largest wadi (valley) in Jordan. The name Rum most likely comes from an Aramaic root meaning 'high' or 'elevated'. To reflect its proper Arabic pronunciation, archaeologists transcribe it as Wadi Ramm. It has been inhabited by many human cultures since prehistoric times, with many cultures–including the Nabateans–leaving their mark in the form of rock paintings, graffiti, and temples.