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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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House Area D

House Area D


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In Area D the stone inscription was found close to the grinding stone. Area D was a small sondage close to the wall remains which represent the possible defence walls of the central earlier city of el-Bālū῾.

The area was not very productive regarding pottery or objects. In fact two rooms were void of any sherds.

The find of the basalt bowl with the letters t-m-l-k contributes to the knowledge of Moabite writing since there are only few Moabite inscriptions from the central Moabite plateau known so far.


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