A two handled jar from square 83 locus 09. It measures 52 cm. tall with a maximum body diameter of 39 centimeters. The pink (5YR7/4) surface is decorated below the shoulder with fingerswirled and finger impressed designs. The area above the shoulder is decorated with short incised rows of nested comma shaped patterns.


A three handle jar found crushed in square 83, locus 03. It measures 66 cm. tall with a maximum body diameter of 50 centimeters. The very pale brown (10YR5/4) surface is decorated below the shoulder with fingerswirled and finger impressed designs. The area above the shoulder is decorated with an applique band, three bands of wavy combed design, and one panel of incised parallel lines.

In situ photograph of the crushed wine jar in square 83.
Excavation of the two handle jar from square 73, locus 014.
A two handle jar from square 73, locus 014 It measures 50 cm. tall with a maximum body diameter of 42 centimeters. The light brown (7.5YR6/4) surface is decorated below the shoulder with fingerswirled design. The area above the shoulder is decorated with a single band of wavy combed decoration and a single panel of comma shaped patterns.
A two handled jar from square 72, locus 05. It measures 46 cm. tall with a maximum body diameter of 37 centimeters. The surface is decorated below the shoulder with casually smeared wavy lines made by fingertips.

At least three kilns in Area 10 produced wine jars, basins, and other non-glazed pottery forms used by the monastery.
Pat McWhorther excavated several large wine jars in Area 10. The jars were brough back to the field laboratory for careful removal and shifting of the fill within the jars. Flotation of the contents of a knob base jar from locus 1035003 yielded a well preserved carbonized grape seed. Soil sediments from loci 1085006 and 1085008 also contained grape seeds which were recovered by flotation. The large pottery jar in this image was excavated from locus 1083003. The jar measures 66 cm. tall with a maximum body diameter of 50 centimeters. The mouth diameter is 20 cm. Three handles are spaced equal distance along the neck of the jar. The color of the exterior of the vessel is 10YR8/4. Copper and silver coins found in adjacent loci include an Umayyad Reformed fals (AD 669-750), an Abbasid Silver coin (AD 750-946) and an Abbasid Copper coin.
A broken base of a large jar from square 75 locus 06.

A trefoil rim wine juglet from locus from square 72, locus 05. It measures 24 cm. tall with a maximum body diameter of 17 centimeters. The light red (2.5YR6/6) surface is decorated on both the neck and shoulder with bands of wavy designs executed by combing.

A two handled cooking pot from square 75, locus 06. It measures 28.5 cm. tall with a maximum diameter of 25 centimeters. Diameters of the mouth is 13 centimeters. The cookpot is undecorated.

A broken jar from square 72, locus 08. The surviving portion measures 67 cm. tall and 48 cm. maximum diameter. The pinkish gray (5YR7/2) surface is decorated with a combination of finger impressions, finger swirls, applique, and cross-hatching.

A broken jar from square 72 during excavation.

A broken two handled jar from square 72, locus 09. It measures 42 cm. tall with a maximum body diameter of 32 centimeters. The very pale brown (10YR8/3) surface is decorated below a the junction of the handle and shoulder with a casually executed wavy line design.

Deep bowl with collared rim found in square 36, locus 06 by Chad Roberts. The bowl measures 22 cm. tall with a maximum outer rim diameter of 34 centimeters. Exterior is light brown (7.5YR6.4) in color.

Small jar found in square 83, locus 09 by Pat McWhorter. The jar measures 11 cm. tall and the maximum diameter is 13.5 cm. at the shoulder. The mouth diameter is 10 cm. and the base diameter is 8 centimeters. Exterior is reddish yellow (7.5YR7/8) in color.

Broken knob base jar found in square 35, locus 02 by Chad Roberts. Surviving length is 34 cm. and the maximum diameter is 14 centimeters. Exterior is pinkish gray (10YR6/2) in color and undecorated. This same form was found in the Area 9 wine fermentation vat and the Area 3 (church) cistern.

Broken knob base jar found in square 36, locus 01.

Shallow basin with a flat bottom found in square 45, locus 03.

Upper half of a two handled wine jar found in square 64, locus 06.

Upper half of a two handled wine jar with ribbed body found in square 64, locus 06.

Three unfired pottery vessels found near the kilns in Square 64.
Photographic credit: Professor David Hanlon, SLCC-MC
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