Wednesday, April 04, 2018

Aramaic inscriptions in a Roman-era Jordanian tomb

(EPIGRAPHIC) ARAMAIC WATCH: Findings from Irbid's Bait Ras tomb are 'unique in region' (Hana Namrouqa, Jordan Times).
AMMAN — Studies and excavations on Irbid Governorate’s Bait Ras tomb revealed that the archaeological site is "unique on a regional level", featuring Greek and Aramaic inscriptions and many frescoes, archaeologists said on Tuesday.

The Bait Ras tomb happened to be "virtually intact", the archaeologists said, indicating that it dates back to the Roman period, specifically in the period from 1st-3rd century AD.

The Jordan Department of Antiquities (DoA) and the USAID’s Sustainable Cultural Heritage Through Engagement of Local Communities Project (SCHEP) shared the Bait Ras tomb project’s initial findings and future plans during a ceremony at the site of the tomb.

Discovered by sheer accident in November 2011, the tomb’s walls are covered with elaborate paintings and inscriptions of significant historical value, DoA General Director Monther Jamhawi said.

This is the first I have heard of this site. The report says that 52 inscriptions in Greek and Aramaic as well as "dozens" of frescoes were recovered in the tomb. I hope we hear more soon.

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