Chronological reconstruction of Natfieh tombs, northern Jordan

Khaled Al-Bashaireh, Abdullah Al-Shorman, Jerome C. Rose, A. J.Timothy Jull

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This research radiocarbon dates human teeth and bones sampled from seven tombs from the archaeological site of Natfieh, Northern Jordan. The small number of artifact fragments uncovered, looting and disruption of the tombs in antiquity and/or recent times, and the continuity between the Greek and Roman burial traditions and similarity in tomb architecture impede determining accurate dates and chronology of the tombs. This research aims to ascertain the archaeological dates and the chronological sequence of the tombs and the artifacts uncovered. Results show that the probable earliest use of these tombs was between 90 bc and ad 20, and their probable latest use was from ad 126-236. Most probably, at Natfieh new tombs spread northward and carving the tombs started in the lower rock layers and later in the upper layers.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)63-75
Number of pages13
JournalPalestine Exploration Quarterly
Issue number1
StatePublished - Mar 2011

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Archaeology
  • History
  • Visual Arts and Performing Arts
  • Religious studies
  • Archaeology


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