When in Jordan I put a visit of Qasr el-Hallabat near the top of my list. And on the fourth day, it was our first top, sometime after 8:30am. We were just about the only ones there, barring a few people working at the beautiful welcome centre. The site itself is some ways up from the centre, and it sits on a little plateau with spectacular views of the surrounding countryside.
Once I made it to the top I resolved to make a tour of the walls, which included a stop at the "Roman" crane in righthand side of the photo. I then plunged in, eager to find traces of the edict. Much of the structure, which at various times was an imperial-era (Roman) fort, a late antique quadriburgium, a monastery, and eventually an Umayyad (?) palace, had been reconstructed and reinforced. The presence of the crane suggests that more is planned. Among the many interesting things I stumbled across were yet more mosaics, in this case carefully protected behind a gate.
This is in contrast to many of the surrounding structures, many of them churches, which are filled with incredible mosaics, like those below.
http://www.klassische-archaeologie.uni-mainz.de/Bilder_allgemein/Hallabat_Report_2013_2014Final-lightVersion.pdf I found of theirs forms the basis for this post). Regrettably, the easily accessible (free, online) version of the text contains only a portion of the total - fragments discovered later have filled out our picture of the original, though 20% of the total remains lost. You can see that earlier version on the link below.
A majority of the fragments remain at Qasr el-Hallabat. Some more are scattered at Umm el-Jimal, and assorted museums, universities, and military (contemporary) mess halls in Jordan. It's hard to overstate the importance of this text. While there are other comparable edicts from Anastasius, including an English translation of a comparable edict found at Cyrenaica (Libya) below, this particular edict seems particularly important for some of the administrative and military-organizational changes implemented by the emperor.
We are told, for instance, that this edict, covers a number of issues ranging from the salary of dukes and assorted branches of the military administration in the east, to the regulations regarding soldiers unfit for service and the requirement that public money for churches not be funnelled to military issues. Needless to say, I eagerly the publication of this edict, and for the time being will content myself on working my way through the currently published portion of the text.