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The Nabataean Temple at Khirbet et-Tannur, Jordan, Volume 2
Cultic Offerings, Vessels, and other Specialist Reports. Final Report on Nelson Glueck’s 1937 Excavation, AASOR 68

By Judith S. McKenzie, Joseph A. Greene, Andres T. Reyes, Catherine S. Alexander, Deirdre G. Barrett, Brian Gilmour, John F. Healey, Margaret O’Hea, Nadine Schibille, Stephan G. Schmid, Wilma Wetterstrom and Sara Whitcher Kansa

The Nabataean Temple at Khirbet et-Tannur, Jordan, Volume 2
Hardback, 329 pages £15.00
Published: 2014
ISBN: 9780897570367
Format: 280mm x 215mm
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Subjects: American Schools of Oriental Research, Ancient Near East, Archaeology
Series: Annual of ASOR

Khirbet et-Tannur is a Nabataean site dating from the second century B.C. to the fourth to sixth centuries A.D. located on a hilltop above the Wadi el-Hasa near Khirbet edh-Dharih, 70 km north of Petra along the King’s Highway. In 1937, Nelson Glueck excavated Khirbet et-Tannur on behalf of the American Schools of Oriental Research and the Department of Antiquities of Transjordan, but died before completing a final report. Now, in two extensively illustrated volumes, the results of Glueck’s excavations are finally published, based on previously unstudied excavation records and archaeological materials in the ASOR Nelson Glueck Archive at the Semitic Museum, Harvard University.

Volume 2 offers a systematic reorganization of Glueck’s original excavation records and presents detailed specialist analyses of the Khirbet et-Tannur faunal and botanical remains, metal, glass, lamps and pottery collected by Glueck in 1937 and now preserved in Semitic Museum’s ASOR Nelson Glueck Archive, along with fresh examinations of the Nabataean inscriptions and altars from the site.

Annual of ASOR 68

Contributions by
Kate da Costa, Patrick Degryse, Kathy Eremin, Sheila Gibson, Owen Gingerich and Elias Khamis



6  Re-establishment of Loci from Glueck’s Excavation Records  Judith S. McKenzie

Locations of Stone Architectural Fragments, Sculpture, Cult Statues, Altars, and Inscriptions

Locations of Other Finds (Pottery, Lamps, Glass, Metals, Animal Bones, Plants, and Gypsum)

Records in the Glueck Archive

Photographs in the Glueck Archive

Records in Jerusalem, Amman, and Cincinnati

Numbering System for Glueck Archive Units

Loci and Standardization of Names of Find-Locations

7  Glueck’s Excavation Journal

8  Glueck’s Registration Book


9  The Nabataean Inscriptions  John F. Healey

10  The Altars  Andres T. Reyes and Judith S. McKenzie

11  The Animal Bones  Sarah Whitcher Kansa

12  The Plant Remains  Wilma Wetterstrom

13  The Metals  Judith S. McKenzie, Elias Khamis, and Andres T. Reyes

14  Ultra-high Carbon Steel Door Hinge: Microstructural Analysis  Brian Gilmour

15  The Glassware: Typological Analysis  Margaret O’Hea

16  The Glassware: Chemical Analysis  Nadine Schibille and Patrick Degryse

17  The Lamps  Deirdre G. Barrett

18  The Pottery  Stephan G. Schmid, Catherine S. Alexander, and Judith S. McKenzie

Sources of Illustrations


'Rarely has this reviewer seen so useful and attractive an excavation report.  This is all the more impressive because of the viscissitudes of attempting to integrate the evidence for an excavation of 80 years ago, performed under the strictures of that era and whose records and material cultuire are widely dispersed, with teh present state of the site - an immense task admirably performed by the principla investigator and her colleagues. The hundreds of plans and illustrations, both contemporary and historic and many in color, enhance the report. The nbarrative is clear, concise and informative, and the cataloges are useuful but not intrusive. This is a model publication about a little-known yet essential part of teh ancinet world, revealing a aite whose interpretation has languished for half a century.'
Duane W. Roller, American Journal of Archaeology, Vol 120 No 3 (July 2016)

'All these studies are extremely useful because they make an enormous amount of old and often unknown material available to scholars, not only those interested in the Nabataeans but also those interested in the ancient Middle East in general, in religion and rituals, in technology and in various sorts of archaeological material.
'The enormous number of documents studied by the authors, their nature (an archive), and the fact that the excavation took place more than seventy years ago added to the complexity of the project and made this publication a real tour de force.' (Laila Nehme, Bryn Mawr Classical Review, June 2015)

Judith S. McKenzie won the Archaeological Institute of America Wiseman Book Award for The Architecture of Alexandria and Egypt, 300 B.C.–A.D. 700 (Pelican History of Art, Yale University Press, 2007). She is University Research Lecturer in Oriental Studies, University of Oxford, and Director of the Khirbet et-Tannur project.

Joseph A. Greene is Deputy Director and Curator of the Semitic Museum, Harvard University, and Series Editor of the Annual of the American Schools of Oriental Research.

Andres T. Reyes is member of Wolfson College, Oxford. He is an archaeologist who teaches Greek and Latin at Groton School. He is the author of Archaic Cyprus (Oxford University Press) and editor of C. S. Lewis’s Lost Aeneid (Yale University Press). 

Catherine S. Alexander is an archaeological artist for the Archaeological Expedition to Sardis (Turkey), Harvard University.

Deirdre G. Barrett is a Research Associate of the Semitic Museum, Harvard University, and a specialist in ancient lamps.

Brian Gilmour is a metallurgist at the Research Laboratory for Archaeology and the History of Art, University of Oxford.

John F. Healey is Professor of Semitic Studies at Manchester University.

Margaret O’Hea is Senior Lecturer in Classics, University of Adelaide (Australia).

Nadine Schibille is Lecturer in Byzantine at History, University of Sussex (England), and was a research chemist at the Research Laboratory for Archaeology and the History of Art, University of Oxford.

Stephan G. Schmid is Professor of Classical Archaeology at the Winckelmann-Institut, Humboldt University, Berlin.

Wilma Wetterstrom is Research Associate in Botany in the Harvard University Herbaria.

Sara Whitcher Kansa is Executive Director of the Alexandria Archive Institute (Berkeley, CA), Editor of Open Context, and a specialist in zooarchaeology.


Kate da Costa is Honorary Research Affiliate in Archaeology, University of Sydney, and a specialist in ancient lamps.

Patrick Degryse is Research Professor of Earth and Environmental Sciences at the Geology Centre for Archaeological Sciences, University of Leuven (Belguim).

The late Sheila Gibson was an archaeological artist best-known for her reconstruction drawings in J. B. Ward-Perkins’ Roman Imperial Architecture.

Owen Gingerich is Professor Emeritus of Astronomy and History of Science at Harvard University.

Elias Khamisis Research Associate in Classics, University of Oxford, and a specialist in ancient metal work.

Publication Details:

 Hardback , 329 pages
 280mm x 215mm

BIC Code:
  HIS002000, SOC003000
 American Schools of Oriental Research


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