Jebel Khalid, a 50ha limestone mesa on the west bank of the Euphrates in North Syria, had an important Hellenistic-period occupation, starting in the early third century BCE and concluding with the Seleucid era in the mid-first century BCE. It thus provides an invaluable glimpse into life during the Seleucid period, largely lost from view elsewhere in the region, especially in an area that straddles the Hellenistic and Near Eastern cultural spheres.
Jebel Khalid volume 1 reported, in summary form, on excavations carried out over the decade 1986–1996 (most notably the Main Gate, the North-West Tower and the Acropolis Palace), as well as published various categories of finds, the analysis of which had been completed (coins, stamped amphora handles, loom weights and spindle whorls, glass, graffiti and dipinti, lamps from the Housing Insula). Likewise Jebel Khalid volume 5 now reports, again in summary form, on public-area excavations carried out over the decade 2000–2010 (the Temple, the Palaestra, Acropolis Out-Buildings, a Commercial Area). In addition, it also brings up-to-date various categories of finds (coins, figurines, fine wares, sculpture, stamped amphora handles, faunal remains, stucco). Importantly, Jebel Khalid volume 5 also publishes the Catalogue of Lamps from Jebel Khalid (some 399 items) excavated from the site over the entire period of the excavations 1986-2010, an important Hellenistic resource invaluable for surveys and excavations alike in the region. A brief overview of the history of the c.250 years of the Hellenistic-period occupation of the site concludes the volume.
G. Clarke is Emeritus Professor at the ANU (Canberra). He has been the director of excavations at Jebel Khalid from the beginning.
Preface, by Graeme Clarke
Map 1. Location of Jebel Khalid on the Euphrates
Map 2. Jebel Khalid site plan and section
PART ONE: EXCAVATIONS 2000–2010
1. Area A. The Jebel Khalid Acropolis 1
2. Area B. The Jebel Khalid Temple 9
3. Area C. The palaestra 37
4. Area S. The commercial area 49
PART TWO: UPDATE ON FINDS
5. The sculpture from the Jebel Khalid Temple 77
Heather Jackson & Graeme Clarke
6. The Jebel Khalid coins 2008–2010 97
C. E. V. Nixon
7. Stamped amphora handles 2008–2010 131
8. Figurine fragments 145
Appendix: a bone or ivory soldier plaque
by Lisa Cougle/Jose
9. The fine wares
10. Stucco fragments from the Acropolis Palace
11. Faunal remains 2006–2010
12. The Jebel Khalid lamps 1987–2010
13. Brief overview
' ... this volume is a very welcome and extremely valuable contribution to the archaeology of Hellenistic Syria. Whether or not all details of interpretation brought forward will prevail, the rich tableau of material presented in this book will be indispensable for future research on the complex trajectories of Seleucid Syria.'
Michael Blömer Bryn Mawr Classical Review
Copyright: © 2016
Publication: 05 Oct 2016