For two days now it has been raining in Jordan so we have been confined to our hotel where we did pottery washing and reading. However, one can only do so much of that so we rearranged our tours and drove up to Mt Nebo (where Moses looked over the promised land) and then drove to Madaba where we viewed the Madaba map of Palestine (see photo). In the upper right corner of the map there is a site the name missing. Since it is across from Jericho (bottom centre) on the other side of the Jordan river I believe it to be Tall el-Hammam. While scholars say it is Nimrim, Iktanu, or Kefrein it is a much larger site than any of these and for other reasons I believe it to be our site of Tall el-Hammam. I hope to publish an article on this find in the Bible and Spade magazine and the Near East Archaelological Bulletin in the coming year.
It rained all day and some went out to the site (Tall el-Hammam) in the afternoon to check it out. Well there was a foot of water in some of the lower squares. So it was good that we didn’t dig today.