ABSTRACT

Tuleilat Qasr Mousa Hamid is an extensive succession of low-lying archaeological mounds or tells in the Wadi al-Hasa alluvial fan. In 2000, as part of the greater Ghor as-Safi Project, it was deemed essential to excavate this unique Iron Age settlement in the region. Pottery recovered from the excavations of Trench I was all dated to the Iron Age II period. This conclusion was based on shape and visual fabric analyses by K. D. Politis, who sorted and recorded all the pottery finds and selected the most diagnostic pieces. Although the quest for an associated Early Bronze Age settlement was inconclusive, a large Iron Age II agricultural site was verified at Tuleilat Qasr Mousa Hamid. It was firmly dated on the basis of finds to around 900–600 BC. During an extended survey to the northwest end of Tuleilat Qasr Mousa Hamid, two recently dug irrigation pits revealed Nabataean/Roman pottery sherds which may have derived from a farmstead of the period.