Hesban as a Window to Global History


Polity
Dates
Epicenter
Written Sources
Archaeological Sources
Hesban Architectural Evidence
Hesban Ceramic Evidence
Hesban Iconographic and Epigraphic Evidence
Relevant Hesban Strata
and other Evidence
Egyptian
Late Bronze to Iron I-IIA (ca. 1500-900 BC)
Thebes/Rameses/
Tanis
Amun Temple at Karnak; Hasel 1998); Kitchen (1982; 1992); Redford (1982a; 1982b)
Tale of Sinuhe
None
None
Scarabs, Bes and Horus amulets found in late contexts
Strata 21-18 (possible periods of Egyptian presence during the 18th, 19th and 22nd dynasties)
Amorite
Late Bronze Age
Heshbon/ Madaba Plains
Num 20:14-21: 30; 33:37-49; Dt 1-3, 29; Luke (1983); Jahn (2007)
Unidentifiable
None
None
None
Stratum 21
Hittite
Late Bronze Age
Hattusas
Num 13:29; Josh 1:4; 11:3
Bones of Indo-Europeans at the Amman Airport Structure; see Herr (1983)
None
None
None
Stratum 21
Local tribal confeder-acies, followed by Cis-Jordan polities
Iron Age I-IIB
Tran-Jordanian highlands/ Jerusalem/ Shechem/Tirzah/ Samaria
Num 32:37; 2 Sam. 8:2-12; 1 Chr 18:2-11; 2 Sam. 10:1-19; 1 Chr 19:1-19; 2 Chr 14:25; Mesha Stele
Omride sites north of Arnon Gorge; Finkelstein (2000); Finkelstein and Lipschits (2010)
Reservoir,
Segments of Walls, Podium?
“Reubenite” Storage Jars and Iron II successors; see Herr (1999b)
Female Plaque
Strata 21-17 (intermittent)
Moabite
Iron Age IIB-C
Kir Hareseth/ Dibon
Mesha Stele;
2 Kgs 1:1; 3:4-5; 13:20 Is 15:4; 16:8-9; Jer 48; Ray (2003)
Dibon, Balu‘a, Khirbet el-Medeineh(s), al-Kerak, Madaba, Jalul
Podium? Replastered reservoir
Moabite ceramic forms
Possible Moabite figurine
Stratum 17
Aram-Damascus
Iron Age IIB
Damascus
2 Kgs 10:32-33
Tall al- Rumaith


None
Stratum 17
Neo-Assyrian
Iron Age IIB-C; ca. 733-625 BC
Nimrud, Khorsabad, Nineveh
ANET: 282; Bennett (1978; 1982); Bienkowski (2000); Daviau (1997; 2001); Oded (1970); Salje (2009); Weippert (1987)
Assyrian influenced building plans at various sites

Assyrian influenced local ware, figurines
None
Strata 16-17
Ammonite
Iron Age IIB-C
Rabbath-Ammon
Jer 49:1-6; Herr (1999a); Younker (1994; 1999; 2003)
Amman Citadel, Tall al-‘Umayri, Tall Jawa
Podium?
Ammonite ware and forms; Herr (2006)
Ammonite Ostraca and Graffito; Horse and Rider figurines
Stratum 16
Neo-Babylonian
Iron Age III-
Babylonian; ca. 604-540 BC
Babylon
Josephus Ant. 10.9.7; Weippert (1987)
Nabonidas Relief at Sela’; Herr (1995)



Stratum 16
Persian
Iron Age III-Persian; 539-333 BC
Persepolis, Susa with Amman as the provincial capital
Neh 2:7-19; Ezra 4:10-20; 8:36; Bienkowski (2001; 2008); Ray (2006); Weippert (1987)
See sites discussed in Ray (2006)

Fish sauce plates
Aramaic Ostraca
Stratum 16
Ptolemaic/ Seleucid
Hellenistic;
332-164 BC
Alexandria,
Antioch
Josephus Ant. 13.15.4
‘Araq al-Amir, Amman
Acropolis Fortress or Podium, Houses, silos

Ostracon, Rhodian Jar Date Stamp
Stratum 15
Seleucid and Ptolemaic coins
Hasmonean
Hellenistic; 129-63 BC
Jerusalem
Josephus Ant.13.9.1, 13.15.5
1 Macc 5:26, 36
Machaerus



Hasmonean coins
Nabataean
ca. 4 BC-AD 106
Petra
Is 11:14;
Ezek 25:9
Petra city and Necropolis


Safaitic burial inscription
Nabataean coins
Roman
Roman;
63 BC-AD 330
Rome
Pliny Natural Hist, Josephus Ant. 13.15.4; 15.8.5
Extremely rich architectural remains e.g.: the Decapolis cities and forts
Temple, Inn with court-yard, Rolling Stone Tomb
Abundant ceramic evidence, with Terra sigillata ware
Latin Seal Impression
Esbus Coins; Roman Mile stones; stamped Terra sigillatas
Strata 11-14
Roman coins
Intaglio depicting Zeus Triad
Fenestrated Bowl
Byzantine
Byzantine;
AD 330-664
Constantinople
Scriptorum ecclesiasticorum, epistola of Pope Martin, Eusebius, Onomasticon
Rich remains: churches and mosaics at Madaba, Um- al Rasas, Amman, Jerash
Basilica-churches, reservoir, mosaics, farm houses at base of tell, cisterns
Abundant ceramic evidence
Madaba Mosaic Map, Church entablature with Greek inscription, Ostracon
Strata 7-11
Byzantine coins, Bronze Crosses
Prometheus bone carving
Umayyad
Early Islamic I; AD 661-750
Damascus
Al-Tabari
Desert “forts”, Amman
Area N House, oven
“Palace Ware”
Mosaics at Umm al-Rasas and Ma'in, a possible Kufic inscription, Ostracon
Stratum 6, coins, zoomorphic spout
‘Abbasid
Early Islamic II; ca. AD 750-1000
Baghdad
Yaqut; Grabar (1964); Whitcomb (2000)
Humayma
Area N House
Red-painted and red clay cups and bowls and glazed ware

Stratum 5A, coin
Fatimid
Middle Islamic I; ca. AD 970-1200
Mahdia/Cairo



Continuity of some forms

Stratum 5B
Seljuk
ca. AD 1071-1100
Isfahan





Stratum 5B
Crusader
Crusader;
AD 1099-1187
Jerusalem

al Kerak, Oultrejourdain

Cookpots and glazed imports

Stratum 5B
Ayyubid
Middle Islamic IIA; AD 1187-1260
Cairo/Damascus
Ibn Shaddad: campsite for Saladin
‘Ajlun Castle



Stratum 4, coins
Mongol
AD 1260
Karakorum





Stratum 4
Early Mamluk
Middle Islamic IIB; AD 1260-1400
Cairo/Damascus
Abū al-Fidā’
Ibn Hijji; see also Walker (2001a; 2003; 2004; 2007; 2008; 2011) for entire period

Vaulted building complex: residence and garrison of Balqa governor, medieval village at base of tell
Sugar pots; elephant ear handled cookpots; HMGP ware
Inscribed bronze bowl
Stratum 3A-B, coin hoard, bird figurine
Late Mamluk
Late Islamic I; ca. AD 1400-1500
Cairo/Damascus
Ibn Qadi Shuhba al-Qalqashandi and Al-Zāhirī

Gradual abatement of village
Glazed and painted ware

Stratum 2, coins
Ottoman
Late Islamic II-Modern;
AD 1517-1917
Istanbul/Damascus
‘Ajarma, ‘Adwān and Beni Sakhr tribes and Ottoman tax registers ("defters")
al-Salt, forts,
Hejaz Railway and stations
Village at base of tell, foundation of Nabulsi qasr; cemetery (see Walker 2001b)
Coarse wares; Walker (2009)

Stratum 1, clay pipes, inscribed rings
British Mandate
AD 1917-1946
London
British Mandate land registers
Tegart Forts
Nabulsi stables


Stratum 1
Hashemite
1921-present
Ma’an, Amman


municipality development, post office, schools


Stratum 1



Key

Column 1 Polity: Title or name of empire or power that either controlled or exerted influence over Hesban and the surrounding region
Column 2 Dates: Approximate dates of polity’s presence in the Levant, particularly in Trans-Jordan
Column 3 Epicenter Seat of power; the capital city or cities of polity
Column 4 Written Sources Relevant historical and epigraphic sources to polity’s control or influence over Hesban and the surrounding region
Column 5 Archaeological Sources Archaeological evidence of polity’s regional presence (attested sites in Trans-Jordan)
Column 6 Architectural Evidence Archaeological remains relating to or contemporary with polity from Hisban or vicinity
Column 7 Ceramic Evidence Relevant ceramic evidence from Hisban or vicinity
Column 8 Iconographic Evidence Relevant iconographic and epigraphic evidence from Hisban or vicinity
Column 9 Other Evidence Relevant small finds from Hisban or vicinity


References

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