Tuneinir Area 9 Monastic Church, Burials, & Roman Watchtower
Streaming Video describing the Area 9 monastery and its dating
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.
Webpage created 1 August 2001
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Webpage updated 20 January 2016