Tall al-'Umayri, located along the southern edge of Amman, Jordan, guarded an ancient thoroughfare. Past excavations have revealed "the most extensive and best preserved fortification system so far discovered from [the Iron 1 period] in all of Palestine" (p. 19). This volume contains reports on excavations in four fields including the Ammonite administrative complex and the western defense system. Special reports include, among others, an infant burial, the use of remote sensing techniques, and Egyptian objects found at the site.
Contributors include David R. Berge, Mary P. Boyd, Theodore W. Burgh, Joan W. Chase, Douglas R. Clark, Jon A. Cole, Larry G. Herr, David C. Hopkins, John I. Lawlor, Gloria A. London, Bethany Reiswig, Gerald Sandness, Monique D. Vincent, Jane C. Waldbaum, and Lloyd A. Willis.
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Part One: Overview
Chapter 1: An Overview of the 1996 and 1998 Season of the Madaba Plains Project at Tall al-'Umayri by Larry G. Herr
Part Two: Tall Al-'Umayri
Chapter 2: Excavation and Cumulative Results by Larry G. Herr
Chapter 3: Field A: The Ammonite Administrative Complex (North) and the Western Defense System by John I. Lawlor
Chapter 4: Field B: The Western Defense System and Northwestern Domestic Area by Douglas R. Clark
Chapter 5: Field H: The Southwest Acropolis by David R. Berge and Lloyd A. Willis
Chapter 6: Field L: The Southern Edge by David C. Hopkins
Chapter 7: The Pottery by Larry G. Herr (with Appendix by Jane C. Waldbaum)
Part Three: Subsequent Studies
Chapter 8: The Objects by Larry G. Herr
Chapter 9: Textile Artifacts from the 1996 and 1998 Seasons by Mary P. Boyd
Chapter 10: The Infant Burial by Joan W. Chase
Chapter 11: A Pair of Cymbals by Theodore W. Burgh
Chapter 12: Ground Penetrating Radar by Jon A. Cole and Gerald Sandness
Chapter 13: The Early Iron I Egyptian and Egyptian-style Objects at Tall al-'Umayri by Monique D. Vincent
Chapter 14: Studies in Ceramic Technology at Tall al-'Umayri, Field Seasons 1992-1998 by Gloria A. London
Chapter 15: Production Technology of Bronze Age and Iron Age Pottery from Tall al-'Umayri, Jordan by Bethany Reiswig