Six clay bullae from Area 9.

Clay bulla from Area 9.

Clay bulla from Area 9

Clay bulla from Area 9

Clay bulla from Area 9

Clay bulla from Area 9

Clay bulla from Area 9


Syriac inscriptions on a clay sealing found outside the apse and inside the baptistery. It was discovered during the 1997 field season in Area 9, Square 48, Locus 11. One sealing is of particular interest because it bears the signet ring impressions of three names written in Syriac: Bar Denho, Sabrah Abel, Bar Sergius, Abel ben Ayyub.



Bronze signet found in Area 9, Square 11, locus 11. A Syriac inscription gives the inscription Mesretho Abd al Mesjiah ("Encampments of the Servants of the Messiah").

Another Bronze signet found in Area 9 with a Syriac inscription..

A broken piece of pottery with an ink inscription found in Square 25, locus 18. The Ostracon bears the sign of the cross and faint Syriac letters.

Pottery juglet found in Square 26, locus 05. Discovered during 1998.



Small blown glass bottle found in association with the human burials in the north acrosolium. One interpretation is that the bottle was a Chrism container for oil used in various ritual contexts such as baptism, marriage or burial.



The monastery artists were careful avoid images of the Christ, apostles or angels. The only image close to a human form was found incised on a broken body sherd in Square 25, locus 15.


Syriac inscription on a the bodysherd of a wine jar that was cancelled by breaking it in half. The inscription details donations for the purchase of a new communion chalice.

Photographs by Professor David Hanlon, Art Dept at St. Louis Community College - Meramec
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