Archaeologists in Jordan have uncovered the remains of an ancient town and a unique cemetery dating back to 1500 B.
Archaeologists in Jordan have uncovered the remains of an ancient town and a unique cemetery dating back to 1500 B.C. Details of this latest find in an area rich in buried history were released by Jordan's Department of Antiquities.
SYNOPSIS: The site of the discovery is at Tell Mazar in the central Jordan valley. The excavation was carried out by the Antiquities Department and students from Jordan University as well as from universities in Italy, Canada, Britain and the United States. The main areas uncovered had to be sprayed with protective fluid to preserve them as work progressed.
Tell Mazar is an artificial mound formed by the accumulated remains of ancient settlements. Among the major discoveries in the dig were clay installations for melting copper and iron, and a pottery factory. Quantities of animal bones were also recovered which are expected to yield important information about early animal life.
The ancient cemetery contained a wealth of detail which will help in the study of early religious practices. The whole area was covered with layer of ash 42 centimetres thick. The ash contained broken pots and animal bones, indicating that religious ceremonies -- including animal sacrifice -- preceded the burial of the dead.
Other finds included bronze vessels and weapons and pottery dating mainly from the 7th and 6th centuries B.C.