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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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Area A

Area A


Area A is located close to the western face of the castle of el-Bālū῾. The excavation revealed a complex bulding which may be interpreted as a Iron Age four-room-house (see inset).

First sondages began in the area of possible yard with seperate walls, from where there was a doorway which led into room 1. Here two tabuns and a plaster-lined pit was unearthed.

In room 2 a grinding stone installation was discovered which consisted of a large upright standing stone which had a slanting surface and at its foot an oval circle of set stones. Several grinding stones were in the circle of stones, which has served as a catchment basin for the flour.

In room 3 a bank (mastaba) at the south wall suggests that this room may have served as storage room. Outside two large tabuns were unearthed. Its walls were supported and strengthened by sherd fragments.

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