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The site of Tall el-Hammam is located in the southern Jordan River

<b> The site of Tall el-Hammam is located in the southern Jordan River Valley, about 14 kilometers northeast of the Dead Sea. Surveys and excavations</b> …

THE OFFICIAL WEBSITE OF THE

<b><br>THE OFFICIAL WEBSITE OF THE<br>Tall el-Hammam Excavation Project<br>A JOINT SCIENTIFIC ENDEAVOR OF THE<br>College of Archaeology, Trinity Southwest University<br>AND</b> …

Season 6 Dig Video No2

The Tall el-Hammam Excavation has begun and we are providing short video clips on You Tube this year for those who cannot make the trip. I will no …

Week 1 Tall el-Hammam

After the first week of excavations in the monumental Roman building process is slow due to many obstacles such as mounds of night digger dirt and …

Wed Update

Today I walked the Roman Road again and drove up to pickup the Roman Mile Marker. We drove 3km or so up the Roman Road toward Hesban with the front …

Byzantine Bath House in Roman Building

Today was the last day to dig and clean the squares before closing them for the season. The image is of the Byzantine bath house with a small bath …

Livias article published in Levant Journal

The article on Livias has finally been published in <i>Levant Journal</i>. For those with a subscriptions to Levant you will be able to see a colour edition …

First Day 2012

Today was our first day to open the Roman area. Every thing looked good from last season. Finding our surveyor stakes was a challenge from last …

Water installation

We went out to dig (just the Roman square) today because we lost yesterday to rain and even though it was windy we are protected by the massive Roman …

Day 3 of the Roman Excavations at Livias

Day three and there was no inscription on the piece I posted on day one but as usual, today just as our day ended, we uncovered a beautifully worked …

Our Team

We did not work on Sunday because of an extremely windy day. We went out to the site but we could not keep our hats on or handle our paper work so we …

Another Roman Fortification

We have a couple days off now to rest and relax on our weekend (Friday and Saturday). Friday was a spa day and I relaxed in the Dead Sea pool at the …

Byzantine oil lamp found

Tuesday started a little slow but then Irina found the floor of the room we were working in and up popped this beautiful Byzantine Oil lamp fragment …

MB Gates Discovered

This season the Middle Bronze (MB) city gate was identified at Tall el-Hammam. It is larger than anything previously known in MB city gates. It …

Ancient X Files - SODOM AND GOMORRAH

The National Geographic Program Ancient X Files Sodom and Gomorrah is now out in Asia. It should be out in North America soon. This program features …

Tall el-Hammam as Heshbon?

Clyde Billington, one of our members of the NEAS, challenges Dr. Collins identification that Tall el-Hammam is a candidate for Sodom. He has …

Fact 1: Few biblical sites have ever been identified using an inscription.

In the course of my interactions with other scholars and students I continue to encounter misinformation about the location of Sodom and arguments …

Fact 2: The Dead Sea is at its lowest point in history and there are no exposed ruins.

<b>Fact 2:</b> The Dead Sea is at its lowest point in history and there are no exposed ruins. I still hear people claiming the old view of William F. …

Fact 3: Bab edh-Dhra and Tall el-Hammam are both located in the Great Rift Jordan Valley

<b>Fact 3:</b> Both Bab edh-Dhra and Tall el-Hammam are located in the Great Rift Jordan Valley along a fault line which is known to have asphalt /bitumen, …

Roman Tower

This is the view of the western tower that our Jordanian colleagues are excavating. They have found Roman pottery inside the tower and the two steps …

Map of the Dead Sea with Southern and Northern location of the Pentapolis

To assist my student working on the proposed sites for the northern and southern location of the five Cities of the Plain (Pentapolis), I have …

Possible Minoan connection to Tall el-Hammam (Sodom)

Here is an hour long video update (April 17, 2013) from Dr. Steven Collins, Dean of the College of Archaeology and Biblical History at Trinity …

Start of Season 9 of Tall el-Hammam Excavation

This is the two squares after we cleaned off the top layer of dirt and debris.<p>The picture to the right is how it looked after one month of …

Jar of the Day Feb 10, 2014

One of two handles with the rim attached that we excavated Feb 10th in the corner of the square (16B1) from the Roman Bath complex building. We found …

Jar of the Day Feb 11, 2014

On Feb 11 this was the vessel of the day. It is a Roman Terracotta Trefoil Spouted Wine Pitcher, 3rd cent. AD.<p>This is it after it was cleaned up. You …

Vessel of the Day Feb 18, 2014

A complete Byzantine oil lamp with a Maltese cross. Pear shaped with nozzle as part of the body with double rim. Even lines around the body with the …

Find of the Day Feb 24, 2014

Here is the room all cleaned out. Irina and her team removed every gouffa of dirt from the room and swept the floor. The floor was a beautiful red …

Jars of the Day - Jars of the Season

The day ended with this pottery hoard. Tucked in under a tree and into the baulk there were three visible jars which we had to remove before we left …

Aerial view of the Roman Area Building

My apologies for not posting updates from the Tall el-Hammam excavation this season, but I was unable to access my blog from Jordan as it was blocked …