A Burial Cave at «Umm Dimis» North of «el-Bālū»

by Udo Worschech (Author)
Monographs 210 Pages


In the spring of the year 2000, north of the Iron Age site of el-Bālūc, the present-day inhabitants of the area (known as Umm Dimis) discovered a burial cave containing numerous receptacles and objects from the various settlement epochs of the northern Arḍ el-Kerak. The examination of the burial cave, its further excavation, and the preparation of drawings and photographs of the artifacts then took place in the summers of 2001 and 2002. The burial cave consists of two chambers connected with each other by a narrow corridor about one meter wide, and with the surface by a small opening in the first and a widened opening in the second chamber. Because this discovery is the first relatively widely varied collection of nearly whole vessels in the northern Arḍ el-Kerak – ranging from the early Bronze Age to the late Iron Age III – it is very important that these pieces of pottery and associated artifacts are accessible to the archaeological research in Transjordan. However, in the light of future research and insight the comments on the individual vessels will deserve amendment.


ISBN (Softcover)
Frankfurt/M., Berlin, Bern, Bruxelles, New York, Oxford, Wien, 2003. 209 pp., num. ill.

Biographical notes

Udo Worschech (Author)

The Author: Udo Worschech, born in 1942, received a degree in Theology and Biblical Archaeology from Andrews University (USA) and his doctorate from the University of Frankfurt (Germany). From 1971 on he was a lecturer at Marienhöhe Theological Seminary (Darmstadt, Germany). Guest lecturer at the University of Frankfurt from 1984 on. Excavations in Tell Hesbon (Jordan), Tell Masos (Negev); since 1983 archaeological research and excavations in Central Jordan. Excavations in el-Bālūc (Balua) since 1986. Lecturer at Friedensau Adventist University (Friedensau, Germany) since 1993; university president since 1996. Head of the Institute for Old Testament and Archaeology, co-editor of the Friedensau Writings (Friedensauer Schriftenreihe) and editor of the «Contributions to the exploration of the ancient Arḍ-el-Kerak».


Title: A Burial Cave at «Umm Dimis» North of «el-Bālū»