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Tell er-Rumeith
The Excavations of Paul W. Lapp, 1962 and 1967

Edited by Tristan J. Barako and Nancy Lapp

Tell er-Rumeith
Hardback, 444 pages £65.00
Published: 2015
ISBN: 9780897570893
Format: 280mm x 213mm
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Subjects: American Schools of Oriental Research, Ancient Near East
Series: ASOR Archaeological Reports

Tell er-Rumeith lies at the eastern edge of the Irbid plain in northern Jordan not far from the Syria border and the present town of Ramtha.  The publication presents the most complete corpus of Iron Age pottery for this area and its occupation reflects the Biblical traditions of the region.  Tristan Barako and the other authors have used the field notes, reports and photographs of Paul Lapp's excavations in the 1960s to bring together this final report.  In Part I of the volume, Barako presents the basic stratigraphy of the site and the corpus of Iron Age pottery that represents its main period of occupation.  Part II presents studies of artifacts by a variety of authors, including the post-Iron age pottery, noteworthy presentations of the community health (the human skeleton evidence) and textile production at the site, as well as fascinating collections of figurines, groundstone and other small finds.

Illustrated with 207 b&w illustrations and 38 tables.

List of Illustrations

List of Tables



Part I: The Site, the Stratigraphy, and the Iron Age Pottery

Chapter 1 – The Setting and Identification (Tristan J. Barako)

Chapter 2 – The Stratigraphy of Tell er-Rumeith (Tristan J. Barako)

Chapter 3 – The Iron Age Pottery (Tristan J. Barako)

Chapter 4 – Summary and Conclusions (Tristan J. Barako)

Part II: Archaeological Studies of Tell er-Rumeith

Chapter 5 – Iron Age Heavy Ware Vessels (Karen Bowden Cooper)

Chapter 6 – Post-Iron Age Pottery (Nancy L. Lapp)

Chapter 7 – Community Health at Tell er-Rumeith

(Margaret A. Judd, Donna Seltzer & Charlotte Binkoski)

Chapter 8 – Textile Production at Tell er-Rumeith (Jeanette H. Boertien)

Chapter 9 – The Iron Age Figurines (Nancy L. Lapp)

Chapter 10 – The Groundstone (Nancy L. Lapp)

Chapter 11 – Small Finds (Nancy L. Lapp, Ksenija Borojevic, Karen Bowden Cooper,

Haskel Greenfield, David S. Reese & Rebecca Sgouros)


I: Locus List (compiled be Tristan J. Barako)

II: Feature Index (compiled by Nancy L. Lapp)

III: Registered and Referenced Objects (compiled by Nancy L. Lapp)



Tristan Barako has broad experience as a writer, researcher and fundraiser in diverse settings, especially in academia and media production.  As Senior Writer and Researcher at Providence Pictures, he researched, wrote and edited highly-rated, award-winning documentaries for national and worldwide distribution on NOVA, the premiere science series on American Public Television.  Dr. Barako trained as an archaeologist, receiving his doctorate and masters degrees at Harvard University and undergraduate degree at McGill University.  During this time, he excavated and surveyed throughout the Mediterranean region, both on land and at sea.   Currently he serves as Associate Director of Research Initiatives in Brown University's Office of the Vice President for Research.

Nancy Lapp was Curator of the Bible Lands Museum at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary for thirty years before her retirement in 2000.  She is the author of Shechem IV, The Persian-Hellenistic Pottery of Shechem/Tell Balâtah and has edited the final excavation reports of Paul Lapp’s excavations at Wâd? ed-Dâliyeh, Tell el-Fûl and Araq el-Emir.

Paul Lapp was Director and Professor of Archaeology at the American School of Oriental Research in Jerusalem from 1960 through 1968.  During that time he directed excavations at Bab edh-Dhra`, Taanach, Wâd? ed-Dâliyeh and Tell el-Fûl, among other sites.  His publications include Palestinian Ceramic Chronology, 200 B.C. – A.D. 70, The Dhahr Mirzbâneh Tombs, and Biblical Archaeology and History.  He tragically died in 1970.

Publication Details:

 Hardback , 444 pages
 280mm x 213mm

BIC Code:
  HIS002000, SOC003000
 American Schools of Oriental Research


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