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The Mosaic Floors And Their Construction Techniques

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The construction and decoration program of the Early Islamic structure at Tall Jawa included mosaic floors that were both functional and decorative. Two rooms on the lower storey were paved with mosaics, Room 606 in the north-east corner of the building and the Central Hall 607. This chapter provides a discussion of the construction techniques used, and a catalogue of the mosaic fragments and isolated tesserae recovered during excavation. Floors with geometric designs appear throughout Transjordan during the Late Byzantine and Early Islamic periods. One of the most common designs is the grid pattern which was used as a border or to cover larger areas. The mosaics which adorned the Field D building at Tall Jawa represent an important addition to the corpus of pavements in Transjordan.

Keywords:construction techniques; decoration program; Early Islamic structure; excavation; Field D; isolated tesserae; mosaic floors; Tall Jawa; Transjordan



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