Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Jordanian inscriptions

EPIGRAPHY: Ancient texts offer wealth of information for archaeologists, local epigrapher says (Saeb Rawashdeh, The Jordan Times).
AMMAN — Ancient texts and inscriptions are among archaeologists’ most valuable finds, offering direct insights into the remains where they are found, according to Omar Ghul, an associate professor at the Yarmouk University’s faculty of archaeology.

Epigraphy — the study of inscriptions found on various materials like stones, metal, papyri, clay, parchment or wood — analyses the links between the texts, their authors and their civilisations.

From Late Bronze Age cuneiform tablets to Moabite and Ammonite texts to late antique Nabatean (Nabataean), Greek, and occasionally Arabic inscriptions. Cool.

Past posts on Nabatean and the Nabateans (Nabataeans) are here, here, and here, with many links. See also the blog search engine and the archives. And there's more on the Balaam inscription from Tel Deir 'Alla here and links.