Tell el-Mazar (central east Jordan valley, c. 3km north of Tell
Deir Alla and 5.5km south of Tell es-Sa idiyeh) forms part of a
complex of sites in the East Jordan Valley that were all occupied
in the Late Bronze and Iron Ages: the regional density of nearby
occupation testifies to the importance of the locality. It was not
only economically important because of its climate, but it was also
a crossroads, connecting north and south, as well as east and west.
Towards the end of the Late Bronze Age an Egyptian trade route ran
from Beth Shean towards the Amman Plain, crossing the river first
by Pella, and later by Tell es-Sa idiyeh. This route must have
passed Tell Mazar, which was inhabited during the late Bronze Age,
as shown by the large number of Late Bronze Age sherds that were
found by successive surveys. This volume contains the final
publication of the four seasons of excavations on the main mound
and the sanctuary on mound A . Contents includes: Tell el-Mazar
Field I: Stratigraphy; Tell el-Mazar Mound A: the Open Court
Sanctuary of the Iron Age; The pottery of Field I; Production and
exchange of ceramics in the Central Jordan Valley during Iron Age
IIc (Niels Groot); A find of a beer jug with a female head (Regine
Hunziker-Rodewald); Ammonite and Aramaic inscriptions (Khair
Yassine and Javier Teixidor); Weaving at Tell el-Mazar: the
loom-weights (Jeannette Boertien); Chipped stones from Tell
el-Mazar (Muhammad Jaradat); Pottery plates; Catalogue of Complete
Pottery; Catalogue of objects; Appendix: plant remains found at
Tell el-Mazar (Reinder Neef)."
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