Dec 30, 2007

Tall el-Hammam, Jordan 3rd season

This is the corner of a Roman/Byzantine building on the early Bronze Age level below the tell. This will be the area that Scott Stripling and I will be looking at for the next few weeks to determine if this is the site of Livias (Eusebius, Onomasticon 48:14-15 [ca. AD 330]; Jerome 49:12-13 [ca. AD 390]). This structure is a rare building in the Levant given the size of the monumental stones (2x1 metre) used for the wall. The stones are held together with mortar that is typically Roman. The weather is great for the next few days to get everything up at the site. The first wave of help will show up on January 2 with over 50 volunteers.

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