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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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Areas E an F (Sondage in Area F not published)

Areas E an F (Sondage in Area F not published)



Explanation and Identification of Plan, Rooms and Strata (Area E)

Area E, which is located north west of the qasr el-Bālū῾, is the only area which allowed a somewhat controlled stratigraphic excavation of the house installation located to the north of Area A. As mentioned before, the heavy stone tumble mixed with debris and sand in all rooms of the respective areas excavated so far did not allow to expose clear stratigraphic layers.

It was attempted to follow a rough stratigraphy by considering the following layers:

1. Top soil is wind blown sand accumulation, debris, and stone tumble, as one strata from which pottery is presented here.

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