Late Byzantine style bowl with incised rim decoration from Square 32, locus 005. Identical broken bowl fragments were recovered from the surface survey of the Area 9 monastic church.


A number of tar lined jars including one with a Syriac inscription as they were found, in situ, in the area of the monastic cells.


Another view of the tar lined sherds.

A very common artifact in the monastery at Tell Tuneinir is a locally produced food bowls that has a grooved out-turned rim. It is very likely that they were produced by the potters who belonged to the monastery. This bowl form was not found in the Ayyubid Period pottery kiln yard, market, or residences. The bowl was excavated in Area 11, Square 33, Locus 10 by Amanda Young, 2000. The core is light red (2.5YR6/6) with a very pale brown slip (10YR8/4). The diameter of the bowl is 28 cm.and measures 6.9 cm. from base to rim.


An intact pottery beaker decorated with a casually incised wavy line pattern and horizontal incised lines. Discovered in Area 11, Square 23, Locus 002 by Amanda Young, 2000. The vessel is 14.25 cm. tall and 13 cm. tall with a thickness of 6.4 mm. It weights 550 grams. Core is pink (5YR7/3) and exterior is pink (5YR7/4). Mohammed Kholi (former director of Islamic Antiquities at the Damascus Museum) had considered this form to date to the Umayyad Period based upon a few unprovenienced pieces. It is a rare pottery form without parallel at Tuneinir.


The cylindrical pottery vessel was discovered directly associated with an crushed storage jar. It is possible that the cylindrical vessel served to measure material (liquid or dry) taken from the storage jar. Discovered in Square 23, Locus 02.


A waterwheel jar with broken foot was being recycled for another use in the monastic cells. Discovered in Area 11, Square 22, Locus 006 by Robert McWhorter, 2000. It measures 33 cm high and 17 cm at its widest. The clay is light red (10R6/8) with a pinkish gray (5YR7/2) slip. Weight 1250 grams.


A waterwheel jar with intact foo. Discovered during 2000 in Area 11, Square 23, Locus 13..


A "short" storage jar with wide mouth found in Square 56 and locus 09.


A two handle jug decorated with casually incised wavy lines. Produced in the monastery workshop and used for water and/or wine. Discovered in Square 23, Locus 013


In situ photograph of the two handle jug decorated with casually incised wavy lines. Produced in the monastery workshop and used for water and/or wine. Discovered in Square 22, Locus 02.


A two handled jug produced in the monastery pottery kilns. It is decorated with two bands of incised wavy lines and three bands of incised horizontal bands. Discovered in Square 22, Locus 002 by Robert McWhorter, 2000. Rim diameter is 12 cm. and total vessel length would have been appxorimately 50 cm. Light red (2.5YR6/6) core with a light reddish brown (5YR6/4) slip.


Moldmade oil lamp excavated in 2000 from Square 22 in locus 02.


Moldmade oil lamp excavated in 2000 from Square 22 in locus 08.


Moldmade oil lamp excavated in 2000 from Square 22 in locus 05.


Mold made clay oil lamp from the monastic cells with decoration along the shoulder and within the channel nozzle. Found in Square 34, locus 11.


Fragment of a large storage jar that bears the name "NUAH" written in Aramaic letters using tar. The tar lined interior of the storage jar typical of wine jars. This discovery plus other evidence points to a probable name of the monastery: Deir Mar Nuah "The Monastery of Saint Noah." The storage jar was found in Area 11, Square 36, Locus 02 by Terry McClur, 2000. The sherds measures 24.9 cm. long by 14.8 cm. wide and its 1.3 cm. thick. It weighs 302 grams. The core color is 5YR 6/6 and the exterior color is 7.5YR7/4.


An intact waterwheel jar found in the monastic cells. Discovered in Area 11, Square 23, Locus 013 by Amanda Young, 2000. The vessel measures 32 cm. tall, and 16 cm. at its widest point. The core of the vessel is light reddish brown (5YR6/3) and the exterior is pinkish gray (705YR7/2)..

Drawing of the rim of a pottery jar from Area 11, Square 44, locus 30.
TNR99, Registration number 8626.1 Exterior color = 10YR7/2 (light gray), core color = 10YR6/3 (pale brown), and interior color = 10YR6/4 (light yellowish brown).

An intact waterwheel jar and associated clay oil lamp found on the floor of the monastic cells. The number of complete objects from the monastic cells points to a rapid abandonment and burial.


A very rare artifact from the monastery - a piece of decorated pottery. A light green ware molded sherd from Square 33, locus 11.


Large jawbone (or a donkey or horse?) found in the ruins of Area 11.


Broken pottery stand with applied decoration.


Cooking pot found in Area 11.


Erica Doerre uncovered a series of intact and crushed pottery vessels in Area 11 during summer of 1999.


Tar lined storage jar body sherds, a base and neck found in Area 11 during summer of 1999. These vessels are interrupted as storage jars "trashed" during the destruction of the monastery complex during the Middle Ages.


Tar lined storage jar body sherds, a base and neck found in Square 66 during summer of 1999. These vessels are interrupted as storage jars "trashed" during the destruction of the monastery complex during the Middle Ages.


Drawing of a intact Light Green Ware jar from Area 11, Square 56, and locus 09.
TNR 99, Registration number 8631.
Exterior color = 2.5Y8/2 (White), core color and interior color = 2.5Y8/8 (white). Height = 21.1 cm, maximum width = 18.0 cm, interior rim diameter = 8.0 cm. exterior rim diameter - 10.8 mm, and average wall thickness = 6 mm. This style of jar would be suitable for storing foodstuffs, culinary herbs or medicinal herbs.

Drawing of the base of a tar lined storage jar from Area 11, Square 56, and locus 09.
TNR 99, Registration number 8646.
Exterior color = 10YR8/3 (very pale brown), core color = 7.5YR7/4 (pink), and interior color = 10YR3/1 (tar lining - burnt residue).

Drawing of the rim of a tar lined storage jar from Area 11, Square 57, and locus 02.
TNR 00, Registration number 9037.3.
Exterior color = 2.5Y8/2, core color = 7.5YR7/4 (pink), and interior color = 7.5YRN3/ (tar lining residue).

Drawing of a small, shallow bowl/plate from Area 11, Square 33, and locus 02.
TNR 00, Registration number 9084.2.
Exterior and core color = 10YR7/3 (very pale brown), interior color = 10Yr6/3 (pale brown) to interior colors = 2.5Y8/2 (white).

Drawing of the midsection and handles of a large cooking pot from Area 11, Square 45, and locus 03.
TNR 99, Registration number 8562.
Exterior color = 5YR7/3 (top half), interior color = 5YR3/1 (burnt bottom half), core color = 5YR6/3, and interior color = 7.5YR6/3.

Drawing of the rimsherd of jar from Area 11, Square 44, locus 30.
TNR99, Registration number 8626.1
Exterior color = 10YR72 (light gray), interior color = 10YR6/4 (light yellowish brown), and core = 10YR6/3.

Drawing of the tar-line jar from Area 11, Square 45, locus 06.
TNR99, Registration number 8149
Exterior and Interior color = 5YR7/3 (pink), and core = 5YR6/8 (reddish yellow).
Made in 2 parts with a join line at a point 20 cm below the rim of the jar.
Interior is tar lined and tar dripples on the shoulder of the jar.
Rim diameter = 18 cm, length = 90 cm, and maximum width = 42 cm.
This jar was found broken in many pieces and they were not restored.

Tar-lined jar from Area 11, Square 47, locus 16.
TNR99, Registration number 8799.4
Exterior color = 10YR7/3 (very pale brown), interior and core = 10YR4/1 (dark gray).


Fragment of a lid from Area 11, random surface find.
TNR98, Registration number 7801
Exterior and interior color (7.5YR7/4) and core = 5YR6/1

Photographic credit: Professor David Hanlon, SLCC-MC
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