This webpage illustrates glazed and unglazed pottery from the Area 2 mujaawara (Arabic, neighbor).


Oil lamp with slight damage to the nozzle from Area 2, Square 25, Lous 06. Length = 10.6 cm, width = 6.9 cm, height = 4.0 cm and weight = 105.2 grams. Light blue glaze applied evenly to both exterior and interior, but not the base. The paste is white (10YR8/2). Reg. no. 314TNR89. Pottery reading no. 1240.


Partially restored Lusterware bowl, registration number 156TNR88. From Area 2, Square 03, Locus 04.


Partially restored Lusterware bowl, registration number 156TNR88. From Area 2, Square 03, Locus 04.


Rimsherds to a large Lusterware bowl from Area 2.


Partially restored Lusterware bowl from Area 2.


Partially restored unglazed jug with molded decoration from Area 2.


Bodysherd from an unglazed jug with molded decoration from Area 2.


Shallow bowl with brown glaze in the interior.
Registration number 162TNR88 from Area 2.


Shallow bowl with faint traces of glaze in the interior.
Registration number 166TNR88 from Area 2, Square 13, Locus 14.


Upper half of a cookpot.
Registration number 171TNR88 from Area 2.


Lid for a cookpot or a curfew with a tented handle.
Registration number 176TNR88 from Area 2, Square 13, Locus 15.


Neck to a large pitcher out of Light Green Ware from Area 2.


Flat based vessel out of Light Green Ware from Area 2.


Unusual ring vase found during 1988 in Square 13, Locus 18. Reg. no. 154TNR88.


Cookpot left overturned against the wall or a house. Excavated in Area 2, Square 20, Locus 20 by Charlotte Anderson.


In situ photograph of a 13th century cookpot on a house floor. Area 2, Square 20, Locus 11.


Pottery in the elite house included a brown glaze ewer.


A unglazed handled bowl (left) and glazed bowl (right) come from Area 2.



One unglazed hooded saucer oil lamp (lower lamp), an unglazed light red ware cup (decorated with combed design) and a small light red ware jar were found on the floor surface in locus 204039. These pottery artifacts and the associated coins belong to the very beginning of the Ayyubid Period or to the preceding Seljuq or Zengid Period.

Many hooded saucer lamps have been found in Area II. Most of the hooded saucer lamps found at Tuneinir are glazed. Unglazed lamps of this style have previously not been identified in either the Ayyubid or Abbasid loci at Tuneinir. It resembles the blue glazed hooded saucer lamps of the Ayyubid Period, but it is smaller and more delicately crafted.


Intact bowl with four main compartments and a central compartment. Discovered during 1989 in Square 21, locus 06. The bowl is 17 cm. in diameter and stands 6.5 cm. tall. Thickness along the rim is 1.2 cm.


One of the most interesting artifacts from Area 2 is the neck of a Habb jar found in Square 9, locus 10 during the 1988 field season. Pottery reg. no. 90. The Habb jar from Tuneinir is very similar to an example form Nisibis (Turkey) which is also known as Kamishley (Syria).
Click here to see the Habb jar from Nisibis in the Victoria and Albert Museum in London.
Click here to see the Habb jar from Syria or Iraq in the Ashmolean Museum at Oxford University.


Rimsherd of a turquoise blue and black glaze rimsherd from an Ayyubid Period bowl. Discsovered during 1988 field season in Square 3, Locus 40. Reg. no. 157TNR88.


Light Green Ware spouted juglet from square 13, locus 29.


Cookpot handle with Arabic stamp on the handle. Discovered in Area 2, Square 7, Locus 9.

Click here to view 10 Islamic Period sherds from Area 2

Click here to view 10 more Islamic Period sherds from Area 2

Click here to view 10 more Islamic Period sherds from Area 2




Photographic Credits: Professor David Hanlon, SLCC-MC
Webpage created 2 February 2001
Migrated 2 April 2008
Webpage updated 11 January 2016