also to the Greco-Roman civilizations.
2- Olive Oil (lighting) The strong archaeological evidence is showing that olive oil was the main source for lighting in most parts of the Mediterranean including Jordan. The ancient cultures of the Mediterranean used to use olive oil for lighting because of the availability of this product in their natural surrounding environment.
3- Olive Oil (Medical purposes) In addition to its nutritional value in the Mediterranean cuisines olive oil has been largely used for medical purposes. Until recently and before the coming and the generalization of the western medicine in Jordan olive oil used to constitute the basis for many medical cures and products. Many diagnosed diseases used to be healed by olive oil and ancient people used to strongly believe in the magical effects of olive oil on health.
4- Olive Oil Soap An olive oil soap factory was established in Marseilles in the 6th century, and eventually other soap factories followed in Genoa, Lisbon and Constantinople (later Istanbul). In Crete olive oils soap was one of the most flourishing industries for many centuries. Olive oil soap can be easily found in most of the Mediterranean countries especially the in northern and eastern parts of the Mediterranean. Until recently olive oil soap was the only product to be used by the Jordanians to wash their bodies, hair and even their clothes.
5- Jordanian traditional dance or Dabkah Many similarities can be easily observed between the traditional Greek dance and those styles of folk dances on the eastern bank of the Mediterranean including the northern parts of Jordan. The circular and semi closed forms of male dances constitute the most popular forms of dance in Syria, Palestine, Lebanon and Jordan as well. 6- The courtyard house culture and the centrality of the guest's room in these courtyards The courtyard housing represents a model for the collective social, political and economic functions of the peasant community till the 20th century in northern Jordan. As such, courtyard housing is largely admitted by architects and historians as the most traditional form of architecture in Jordan