Abila of the Decapolis - Tomb H-60
The excavation of Tomb H-60 was directed by Dr. Robert Smith during the 1996 field season; overall work at Abila in Jordan was under the responsibility of Dr. W. Harold Mare. Tomb H-60 is the most beautifully decorated tomb at Abila in Jordan. It was resealed after excavation by the American team, Tomb robbers, in spite of Jordanian guards, went to extreme measures to reopen the tomb; they ruined the fine reliefs. A description and discussion of this very significant Roman tomb was published by Smith and Mare (1997:307-314).

Tomb Architecture Funerary Busts Artifacts

Roman coins



Contact print image of the H area hillside during the excavation of tombs H5 and H6.
Smith, Robert W., and W. Harold Mare
1997 A Roman tomb at Abila of the Decapolis. Journal of Roman Archaeology 10:307-314.

Thank you to Dr. David Chapman (Convenant Theological Seminary, St. Louis) and Dr. David Villa (John Brown University) for permission 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