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Households At Pella, Jordan: Domestic Destruction Deposits Of The Mid-8th C.

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The excavation of 6 courtyard houses at Pella in the Jordan Valley, destroyed in a massive earthquake in the mid-8th c. A.D., provides an exceptional opportunity to study a wide range of objects from daily life within a secure archaeological context. The recovery of detailed information about the layout of buildings and the contextual origin of the many domestic objects recovered permit a full reconstruction of life in the household, especially the use of space. This chapter presents an analysis of the discoveries from the Sydney work at the eastern end of the main mound. It focuses on the urban development of the site between the 7th and 8th c. and the organisation of the housing at the time of the dramatic earthquake of the mid-8th c. Pella in Late Antiquity was located in and around a centrally placed, water rich valley today called Wadi Jirm al-Mauz.

Keywords: household; Jordan Valley; Late Antiquity; main mound; Pella; Sydney



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