Al-Husn is located nearly 8 km south of Irbid and 70 km north of Amman. The highway which connects Irbid with Amman, intersects the town of Husn, dividing it into eastern and western sections. The geographical coordinates of al-Husn mosque are 32.489716° 35.880004° and it is located about 680 m. above sea-level. ‘Al-Husn’ means a ‘well-fortified place’ or ‘castle’. It is generally assumed that the name of Tell al-Husn was derived from the Umayyad fort which had been built on the Tell located in the north of the town. It is assumed that Tell al-Husn is the classical city of Dion; one of the cities of Decapolis that developed in the Hellenistic and Roman periods.

The Umayyad mosque was in the far south side of the Tell, a few meters to the west of the main gate of the Umayyad fortress.

The first season of excavations at Tell al-Husn was conducted in the summer of2008 under the direction of Prof. Zeidoun al-Muheisen, Dean of Faculty ofArchaeology and Anthropology at YarmoukUniversity, with the support of the JordanianDepartment of Antiquities.

(Taken from the Newsletter No.295 Preliminary Reportof the First Season of Excavations at Tell al-Husn 2008 Zeidoun AL-MUHEISEN)

Drawing of the mosque taken from the dig report.

Drawing of the mosque taken from the dig report.

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