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Asraq is a small town in central Jordan. The town strategically lies in the middle of the Asraq oasis, which is the only source of fresh water in the area. Evidence for settlement goes back to the Lower Paleolithic. Many sites in the Asraq wetlands have been documented, and it appears that the site was a focus for settlement. The occupation record is consistent from that time through to the Roman period. The castle, Qasr Asraq was built by the Romans in the 3rd century CE and was later heavily modified by the Mameluks.

Archaeologically, the most prominent features of the area are the hundreds of geoglyphs in Azraq Oasis, which date back 2000 years. The structures are large and wheel-shaped, and range from 25m to 70m across.

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