Abila Tomb H-6 Roman funerary statues
The salvage excavation of Tomb H-6 was directed by Dr. Robert Smith during the 1988 field season; overall work at Abila was under the responsibility of Dr. W. Harold Mare. Tomb H-6 had been robbed, but still very significant because it contained 16 locally manufactured funerary statues, Roman pottery, Roman lamps and a two Roman coins. This tomb at Abila contained more funerary statues than anyother tomb at the site.


Limestone funerary Bust 1 drawn by Robert Smith.

Limestone funerary Bust 2 drawn by Robert Smith.

Limestone funerary Bust 3 drawn by Robert Smith.

Limestone funerary Bust 4 drawn by Robert Smith.



Limestone funerary Bust 5, locus 6008-11, drawn by Robert Smith. Height = 38.5 cm, width = 23.4 cm and thickness = 8.9 cm. Weight = 6.58 kilograms. There are marks of the base of the statue that are most likely the sign of the sculpture.


Limestone funerary Bust 6 drawn by Robert Smith.

Limestone funerary Bust 7 drawn by Robert Smith.

Limestone funerary Bust 8 drawn by Robert Smith.

Limestone funerary Bust 9 drawn by Robert Smith.

Contact print image of a sample of the Roman funerary statues from tomb H-6 at Abila of the Decapolis, Jordan.

Contact print image of three of the Roman funerary statues in locus 17 inside tomb H-6 at Abila of the Decapolis, Jordan.
Smith, Robert W.
1989 Abila Tomb Excavations 1988. Near Eastern Archaeological Society Bulletin. 32/33:21-42.




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.

Webpage created 5 March 2017
Updated 25 April 2017