Tuneinir Area 9 Monastic Church, Burials, & Roman Watchtower

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An elaborate monastery church was discovered along the extreme southern margin of Tuneinir during the summer of 1987. Sherds from the surface around the monastery and the fill within the buildings include Early Byzantine wares (5th/6th century) and Roman Brittle Ware associated with the 2nd and 3rd centuries. The monastery church was built out of local limestone and slowly decayed until the destruction of the city by Mongol troops during Tamerlane's invasion of Syria in AD 1401. Ruins of a stone bridge, possibly Roman in age, are situated approximately 100 meters downstream from the church. Footings for two waterwheels are situated near the church.

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