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Ceramics from el-Bālū‛


Udo Worschech

This book is a first presentation of pottery samples from el-Bālū‛ in the northern Ard el-Kerak, the ancient Moabitis which today is Central Jordan. The forms presented here are dating from the Late Bronze and Early Iron Age down to the Persian periods of occupation of the site of el-Bālū‛. The book does not discuss the pottery in the wider context of Jordanian or Palestinian ceramics; however, the intention was to present pottery from the hitherto only sparsely published Iron Age pottery of the region. With this documentation scholars of the Archaeology of Jordan are invited to work on the ceramics excavated in the Areas A, B, C, D, E, and G of el-Bālū‛.
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to Area E).

Regarding the publication itself, I have decided to do without presenting parallels of sherds from far-away sites. This is a task still to be done when more sites have been excavated in the area north and south of el-Bālū῾. However, this publication is also intended as »workbook«. There is purposely left room enough for personal notes and comments. For this reason I have also chosen to have only four to five rims presented on one page with only few comments. Besides that, I also want to give credit to Beate Dillmann, M.A., and Olga Gabelmann, Ph.D., for their excellent work of drawing the sherds and objects.

Finally, a short note on the legends. Regarding the ware, color, and inclusions I have followed the Munsell Soil Color Charts (revised 2000). My comment »levigation« refers to the way the potters have taken care to arrive at a concentration of finer particles and more homogenous clay, hence, »very well levigated«, »well levigated«, and »levigated«.

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