Abila Tomb H-60 Roman funerary statues
The excavation of Tomb H-60 was directed by Dr. Robert Smith during the 1996 field season; overall work at Abila was under the responsibility of Dr. W. Harold Mare.


Limestone funerary Bust A96. Height = 39.0 cm, width = 26.0 cm, thickness = 18.1 cm, neck width = 17.5 cm, face width = 19.0 cm and round face diameter = 16.0 cm. Weight = 17.40 kilograms.

Limestone funerary Bust with black marks (possibly words?) across its face. Height = 31.9 cm, base width = 20.2 cm, neck width = 16.5 cm, face width = 18.2, and thickness = 18.2 cm. Weight = 3.92 kilograms.

Limestone funerary Bust A96 H600009 0-103. Height = 36.5 cm, width = 26.5 cm, thickness = 11.3 cm, neck width = 13.2 cm, and head with = 16.2 cm. Weight = 9.91 kilograms.

Limestone funerary Bust A96 H600047. Height = 40.0 cm, base width = 25.8 cm, base thickness = 20.2 cm, neck width = 16.5 cm, face with = 18.2 and face diameter = 18.2 cm. Weight = 20.24 kilograms.

[This bust from locus 47 was one of the two busts found in a fill beneath the frescoe of a woman. The soil within the acrosolium included two Byzantine lamp fragments, bar jar fragments, pieces of a (cook)pot, non human bones and a coin of Diocletian dating AD 284 to 305 (special object no. 98).]

Limestone funerary Bust A96 H60047 0-0204. Height = 25.3 cm, width = 24.3 cm and thickness = 12.4 cm. Weight = 4.10 kilograms.

[This bust from locus 47 was one of the two busts found in a fill beneath the frescoe of a woman. The soil within the acrosolium included two Byzantine lamp fragments, bar jar fragments, pieces of a (cook)pot, non human bones and a coin of Diocletian dating AD 284 to 305 (special object no. 98).]
Excavation records indicate that a limestone funerary bust from tomb H-60 is part of the artifact assemblage kept by the Jordanian Department of Antiquities.

Special Object number 205 is a limestone bust from locus 47. Carved female face and shoulders. Height = 38 cm and width = 40 cm.


Thank you to Dr. David Chapman (Convenant Theological Seminary, St. Louis) and Dr. David Villa (John Brown University) for permission to document to work with the artifacts and records from the Abila Project. Special thanks to Cheryl Eaton to helping locate the relevant artifacts and records. A nod of appreciation and gratitude to Dr. Robert Smith for his excellent records and careful excavation of the tomb H-6.
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