The fourth volume of the Madaba Plains Project series entitled Madaba Plains Project ?Umayri 4: The 1992 Season at Tall al-?Umayri and Subsequent Studies. It is edited by Larry G. Herr, Douglas R. Clark, Lawrence T. Geraty, ?ystein S. LaBianca, Randall W. Younker and includes contributions by Douglas R. Clark, Buguslav Dabrowski, Malgorzata Daszkiewicz, Timothy P. Harrison, Larry G. Herr, Jacek Jelitto, John I. Lawlor, Russanne D. Low and Elizabeth E. Pratt.
This volume is dedicated to His Royal Highness Prince El-Hassan bin Talal of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan whose long-standing support of archaeology in Jordan has earned both admiration and deep respect.
The field reports examine the Iron II/Persian Administrative Complex (Ch. 3), Western Defense System (Ch. 4), the Lower Southern Terrace (Ch. 5) and the Eastern Shelf (Ch. 6). These include stratigraphic information, section drawings and pottery plates. Detailed photographs and line drawings make the identification of the excavation phases clear. The pottery discussion compares the ?Umayri ceramics with other similar forms from MB II to Late Iron II/Persian found elsewhere in the Levant. The variety of objects found at ?Umayri show the diversity of human activity throughout the periods represented. These objects are presented in the preliminary report, along with other articles on the clay figurines, the reexamination of Cylinder Seal No. 3021 and two unique inscriptions. Also included are 50 figures, 85 plates, 22 tables, 2 maps, 30 pottery plates and index.
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Part One: Overview
Chapter 1: An Overview of the 1992 Season of the Madaba Plains Project at Tall al-?Umayri by Larry G. Herr
Part Two: Tall al-?Umayri
Chapter 2: Excavation and Cumulative Results at Tall al-?Umayri by Larry G. Herr
Chapter 3: Field A: The Administrative Complex by John I. Lawlor
Chapter 4: Field B: The Western Defense System by Douglas R. Clark
Chapter 5: Field D: The Lower Southern Terrace by Timothy P. Harrison
Chapter 6: Field F: The Eastern Shelf by Russanne D. Low
Chapter 7: The Pottery by Larry G. Herr
Chapter 8: The Objects by Elizabeth E. Platt
Part Three: Subsequent Studies
Chapter 9: A Preliminary Report on Figurines and Clay Objects by Boguslav Dabrowski (with Note by Malgorzata Daszkiewicz)
Chapter 10: Cylinder Seal No. 3021 by Boguslav Dabrowski (with Note by Malgorzata Daszkiewicz and Jacek Jelitto)
Chapter 11: The Inscriptions by Larry G. Herr