News

9th Campaign - Sommer 2011

Tall Zira’a meets San Francisco
The ASOR annual meeting in San Francisco on November 16-19, 2011 gathered hundreds of Ancient Near Eastern scholars and archaeologists.            more >>

Congress for young researchers in Turin (Italy)
Two young scientists of the BAI spoke about issues concerning their PhD thesis on the 4th Broadening Horizons conference.  more >>

DEI Course Programme 2011 attended the Tall Zira'a
Four journalists from Germany, took a day trip from Israel to the Tall Zira'a and learned about the historical and cultural development of the region.     more >>

The summer 2011 excavation lasted from July 7 to 27.
In this period we also completed the hinterland survey.
Please find the summary report about the excavation progress at Tall Zira'a/Campaigns.

About the Project

Finds

In northern Jordan close to the border with Israel the Gadara Region Project researches the lower part of Wadi al'Arab.  An ancient trade road leads from Egypt through Palestine and Syria to Mesopotamia. The main settlement site in the Wadi al'Arab was Tall Zira'a. An artesian spring on the hill's surface always offered favourable living conditions.

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  • Painted vase - late bronze age vase wearing an orpheus motive
  • Scarab - 1.3 cm scarab shows the throne name of Apophis, an Hyksos rouler
  • Cylinder seals - we found 39 cylinder seals made of various materials
  • Figurines - some gods and godesses from Bronze and Iron Age 
  • Silver pendant - Late Bronze Age pendant showing a nude godess
  • Gods' house - small ceramic house probably used for private cult
  • Kernos - an annular ceremonial vessel from Iron Age I
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Project Partners

Biblical Archaeological Institute Wuppertal   (BAI
German Protestant Institute of Archaeology (GPIA)

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Patronage

His Royal Highness Prince El Hassan ibn Talal  took up the patronage of this project as a representative of the royal house.

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Friends and Donors

  • Gerda Henkel-Stiftung, Wuppertal
  • Kirchliche Hochschule Wuppertal
  • Deutsches Bergbaumuseum Bochum

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Cooperations

We cooperate closely with many universities, institutes and companies.

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