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Jebel Khalid on the Euphrates, Volume 5: Report on Excavations 2000–2010

G. Clarke, H. Jackson, C.E.V. Nixon, J. Tidmarsh, K. Wesselingh with L. Cougle/Jose
Meditarch Supplement 10 (2016)
ISBN: 978-0-9580265-7-4

Hardcover, 456 pp illustrated throughout, 1 folding plan

Jebel Khalid, a 50ha limestone mesa, on the west bank of the Euphrates in North Syria, had an important Hellenistic-period occupation, starting in the early third century BCE and concluding with the Seleucid era in the mid-first century BCE. It thus provides an invaluable glimpse into life during the Seleucid period, largely lost from view elsewhere in the region, especially in an area that straddles the Hellenistic and Near Eastern cultural spheres.
Jebel Khalid volume 1 reported, in summary form, on excavations carried out over the decade 1986-1996 (most notably the Main Gate, the North-West Tower and the Acropolis Palace), as well as published various categories of finds, the analysis of which had been completed (coins, stamped amphora handles, loom weights and spindle whorls, glass, graffiti and dipinti, lamps from the Housing Insula). Likewise Jebel Khalid volume 5 now reports, again in summary form, on public-area excavations carried out over the decade 2000-2010 (the Temple, the Palaestra, Acropolis Out-Buildings, a Commercial Area). In addition, it also brings up-to-date various categories of finds (coins, figurines, fine wares, sculpture, stamped amphora handles, faunal remains, stucco). Importantly, Jebel Khalid volume 5 also publishes the Catalogue of Lamps from Jebel Khalid (some 399 items) excavated from the site over the entire period of the excavations 1986-2010, an important Hellenistic resource invaluable for surveys and excavations alike in the region. A brief Overview of the history of the c.250 years of the Hellenistic-period occupation of the site concludes the volume.

1. Area A. The Jebel Khalid Acropolis - John Tidmarsh
2. Area B. The Jebel Khalid Temple - Graeme Clarke
3. Area C. The palaestra - Graeme Clarke
4. Area S. The commercial area - Heather Jackson

5. The sculpture from the Jebel Khalid Temple - Heather Jackson & Graeme Clarke
6. The Jebel Khalid coins 2008–2010 - C. E. V. Nixon
7. Stamped amphora handles 2008–2010 - Graeme Clarke
8. Figurine fragments - Heather Jackson
Appendix: a bone or ivory soldier plaque by Lisa Cougle/Jose
9. The fine wares - John Tidmarsh
10. Stucco fragments from the Acropolis Palace - Heather Jackson
11. Faunal remains 2006–2010 - Karyn Wesselingh
12. The Jebel Khalid lamps 1987–2010 - Heather Jackson
13. Brief overview - Graeme Clarke

Jebel Khalid on the Euphrates, Volume 4: The Housing Insula

Heather Jackson FSA FAHA
Meditarch Supplement 9 (2014)
ISBN: 978-0-9580265-5-0
Hardcover, 676 pp, 484 photos and line drawings, 1 cd, 5 folding plans

The excavation of a large residential insula at the Hellenistic site of Jebel Khalid started in 1988 and lasted over a period of almost 20 years. The results of this huge undertaking are now presented by Heather Jackson in a volume that reveals her to be as brilliant in interpreting the archaeological data as she was when gathering them as director in the field. She analyses seven complete Hellenistic houses, discusses the function of each room, draws inferences about the lives of the people, and sketches a picture of the world they lived in. An accompanying DVD provides summary tables, additional drawings and photographs, as well as details of some 6,300 artefacts, most with illustrations, which can be browsed through a user-friendly custom search engine.

As one of the pre-publication reviewers states,
‘This is a monumental piece of archaeological documentation both in terms of the amount of labour that lies behind it and in the quality of the manuscript itself. It surely ranks among the most comprehensive reports, if not the most comprehensive, on household archaeology from the Hellenistic world to date. In addition, because the domestic architecture and material culture assemblages from Jebel Khalid straddle the Hellenic and Near Eastern cultural spheres, it is profoundly important as an account of Hellenistic syncretism at the household level. Jebel Khalid IV stands as a model site report for household archaeology, thanks to the wide-ranging coverage from chronology to stratigraphy, formation processes, recovery, recording, and the methodology employed for analysis. … The recovery and inclusion of floral and faunal data is especially welcome.’

Ancient Lamps in New Zealand

Dimitri Anson and Robert Hannah
Meditarch Supplement 8 (2013)
Meditarch Publications
ISBN: 9780958026543

Over 500 ancient lamps, ranging in date from the late second millennium BC to the early second millennium AD, are kept in New Zealand's public collections. They have been acquired by various means, but most of them have been donated since the latter part of the nineteenth century by businessmen, travellers, and members of the armed forces who have served in the Mediterranean either during First or Second World War.

It is hardly surprising then that their proveniences are most varied, ranging from Cyprus, Palestine, Egypt and Libya to Greece and Italy, from Turkey and Syria to Iraq and Iran. They represent a wide range of Near Eastern, Greek, Roman, and Byzantine types and are here catalogued in full for the first time, illustrated on 135 plates and accompanied by detailed description and analysis by two internationally renowned archaeologists.

The first part of the volume comprises the 313 lamps in the Otago Museum. Among the numerous pieces belonging to Roman times, a multi-nozzle bronze lamp dating to the middle of the first century AD is of particularly high quality. In the second part of the volume, the lamps held in the other New Zealand museums (Auckland War Memorial Museum, Whanganui Regional Museum, Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, Canterbury Museum) are presented in the same order: the Greek and Roman types are followed by plastic lamps, both Greek and Roman, then by the lamps from Egypt, before we turn to Byzantine and Early Islamic types. The catalogue closes with a handful of rather amusing forgeries.

This publication will be welcomed by everyone interested in ancient lamps, but thanks to the great variety of types and decorative motifs represented by the 500 New Zealand lamps, the catalogue is a truly enlightening volume for anyone studying the ancient Mediterranean.

Jebel Khalid on the Euphrates, Volume 3: The Pottery

Heather Jackson and John Tidmarsh
Meditarch Supplement 7 (2011)
ISBN 978-0-9580265-3-6, 586 pages, 4 colour plates, 36 b&w plates
Bryn Mawr Classical Review
American Journal of Archaeology Review

  • The Common Wares from the Housing Insula
  • Finding the Clay Fingerprint: Geochemical Characteristics of the Jebel Khalid Pottery Clays
  • The Imported Finewares at Jebel Khalid
  • The Green-Glazed wares from Jebel Khalid, 1986-2006
  • Life in the Housing Insula: The Evidence of the Pottery
  • Order Form

Jebel Khalid on the Euphrates, Volume 2: The Terracotta Figurines

Heather Jackson
Meditarch Supplement 6 (2006)
ISBN 978-0-9580265-2-9, 268 pages, 8 colour plates, 44 b&w plates

  • Introduction
  • Typology and Catalogue
  • General Discussion
  • Concordance
  • Appendix: Chemical analysis of the figurine clays of Jebel Khalid by D. Garnett, H. Jackson, H. Waldron, and E. Clayton

Jebel Khalid on the Euphrates, Volume 1: Report on Excavations 1986-1996

Graeme Clarke et al.
Meditarch Supplement 5 (2002)
ISBN 0-9580265-0-5, 348 pages, 8 colour plates, 51 b&w plates

  • Peter Connor and Graeme Clarke, The North-West Tower
  • Graeme Clarke, The Main Gate
  • Graeme Clarke, The Governor's Palace, Acropolis
  • Judith Littleton and Bruno Frohlich, Excavations of the Cemetery - 1996 and 1997
  • Heather Jackson, The Cemetery Pottery - 1996 and 1997
  • Dominic Steele, Faunal Remains
  • Heather Jackson, The Lamps from the Domestic Quarter
  • Graeme Clarke, Four Hellenistic Seal Impressions
  • Graeme Clarke and Heather Jackson, Graffiti and Dipinti
  • Lindy Crewe, Spindle-Whorls and Loomweights
  • Margaret O'Hea, Glass and Personal Adornment
  • Graeme Clarke, Stamped Amphora Handles
  • C. E. V. Nixon, The Coins

The Walls of Jerusalem

G. J. Whiteman
Meditarch Supplement 4 (1993)
ISBN 0 646 16008 7, 342 pages, 31 plates

Part I - The Canaanite and Israelite Cities

  • The Canaanite towns
  • The Royal Israelite Citadel
  • Late Israelite Expansion
  • Nehemiah's Walls

Part II - The Hellenistic and Herodian Cities

  • Walls of the Eastern Hill
  • The Upper City and the 'First Wall'
  • The 'Third' and 'Second' Walls
  • Chronological Development

Part III - The Christian and Muslim Cities

  • From Pagan Roman to Christian Byzantine
  • Arrival of Islam
  • The Latin Kingdom
  • Crusades and Holy Wars

Trade, Contact, and the Movement of Peoples in the Eastern Mediterranean. Studies in Honour of J. Basil Hennessy (OUT OF PRINT)

S. Bourke and J.-P. Descœudres (eds.)
Meditarch Supplement. 3 (1995)
ISBN 0 86758 944 2, 359 pages, 22 plates

  • P. C. Edwards and P. G. Macumber, The Last Half Million Years at Pella
  • G. R. H. Wright, The Houses of Death and Birth
  • P. Seaton, A Note on Possible Chemical Industries at Teleilat Ghassul
  • E. Peltenburg, Kissonerga in Cyprus and the Apperance of Faience in the East Mediterranean
  • N. Lapp, Some Early Bronze Age Seal Impression from the Dead Sea Plain and their Implications for Contacts in the Eastern Mediterranean
  • R. S. Merrillees, Post Mortem on a Corpus. A review article on Studies in Mediterranean Archaeology volumes III:1 and LXXXII
  • E. G. D. Robinson, Basil Hennessy and the Nicholson Museum.Two Early Bronze Age IV Tomb Groups from Jericho
  • M. Ibrahim and N Qadi, El-Musheirfeh 'Shnellar' Tombs. An Intermediate Bronze Age Cemetery
  • K. Prag, The 'Built Tomb' of the Early-Middle Bronze Afe at Beitawi, Jordan
  • D. Frankel and J. Webb, Archaeological Research in the Marki Region, Cyprus
  • P. Åstrom, Australia, Sweden, and the Cypriot Bronze Age
  • A. Hadidi, Hyksos Influence in Jordan and Palestine
  • F. J. Giles, The Relative Chronology of the Hittite Conquest of Syria and Aitakama of Qadesh
  • S. J. Bourke and R. T. Sparkes, The DAJ Excavations at Pella in Jordan in 1963/64
  • V. Hankey, A Late Bronze Age Temple at Amman Airport: Small finds and Pottery
  • K. South, Urbanism and Trade in the Vasilikos Valley in the Late Bronze Age
  • K. O. Eriksson, Egyptian Amphorae from Late Cypriot Contexts in Cyprus
  • R. North, State og the Published proof that Qantîr is Raamses
  • M. Ottosson, 'So It Was With All These Towns' (Jos.21:42)
  • H. J. Frankel, Cave I at Jerusalem: An Interpretation
  • S. Hart, Area D at Buseirah and Edomite Chronology
  • D. Holmès-Fredericq, A Cosmetic Palette from Luhun, Jordan
  • J. R. Green, From Taranto to Alexandria
  • G. J. Wightman, Ben Sira 50: 2 and the Hellenistic Temple Enclosure in Jerusalem
  • M. C. A. MacDonald, Herodian Echoes in the Syrian Desert
  • S.-A. Wallace, The Pella Collection in the Australian National Gallery, Canberra
  • P. M. Watson, Ceramic Evidence for Egyptian Links with Northern Jordan in the 6th-8th Centuries
  • G. Walmsley, Christians and Christianity in Early Islamic Pella (Fihl)
  • J. Lenzen, Continuity or Discontinuity: Urban Change or Demise?
  • R. H. Smith, Memento of a Venetian Merchant's Visit to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in the Late 14th Century

Pella 2. The Second Interim Report of the Joint University of Sydney and College of Wooster Excavations at Pella 1982-1985

A. W. McNicoll et al.
Meditarch Supplement 2 (1992)
ISBN 0 86758 580 3, 334 pages, 130 plates, 11 endplates

  • Phillip C. Edwards, The Epipalaeolithic Period
  • Robert H. Smith and Jack Hanbury-Tenison, The Pottery Neolithic and Chalcolithic Periods
  • Robert H. Smith and J. B. Hennessy, The Early Bronze Age
  • Robert H. Smith and Timothy Potts, The Middle and Late Bronze Ages
  • Robert H. Smith and Timothy Potts, The Iron Age
  • Anthony McNicoll, The Hellenistic Period
  • Robert H. Smith and Anthony McNicoll, The Roman Period
  • Robert H. Smith, Anthony McNicoll, and Pamela Watson, The Byzantine Period
  • Alan G. Walmsly and Robert H. Smith, The Islamic Period


  • Frank Koucky, The Environs of Pella: Roads, Fords, and Occupational Sites
  • Phillip Macumber, The Geology and Geomorphology of the Wadi al-Hammah - Wadi Jirm Region
  • Stephen Bourke, First Preliminary Report on the Excavation and Study of Human Remains at Pella
  • Christopher Browne, Palaeopathological Survey of the Human Remains at Pella
  • Garry Rollefson, Chipped Stone Tools from Pella
  • Ilse Köhler-Rollefson, Animal Remains of the Iron Age at Pella
  • George Willcox, Preliminary Report on Plant Remains from Pella
  • Gillian Eastwood, The Pella Textile
  • Anthony McNicoll, Preliminary List of the Coins found at Pella during the University of Sydney Sessions 1979-1985
  • Ian Edwards, Clays and Clay Use at Pella
  • Jeremy Black, Two Cuneiform Tablets

EUMOUSIA. Ceramic and Iconographic Studies in Honour of Alexander Cambitoglou

Edited by Jean-Paul Descœudres
Meditarch Supplement 1(1990)
ISBN 738.3820938, 278 pages, 51 plates

  • George S. Korrés, Excavations in the Region of Pylos
  • John K. Papodopoulos, Protogeometric Birds from Torone
  • J. N. Coldstream, Cycladic and Euboean Imports in the North Cemetery of Knossos
  • K. A. Sheedy, Attic and Atticizing Pottery in the Cyclades during the Eighth Century BC
  • J. R. Green, Zagora - Population Increase and Society in the Later Eighth Century BC
  • Paul Courbin, La baie de Skardhana à Délos
  • R. M. Cook, A Wild Goat Oinochoe in Laon
  • John Boardman, The Greek Art of Narrative
  • Martin Robertson, Troilos and Polyxene: Notes on a Changing Legend
  • Peter Connor, Three Attic Black-figured Neck Amphorae in a Melbourne Private Collection
  • I. Vokotopoulou, Polychrono: A new Archaeological Site in Chalkidike
  • Eva C. Keuls, Clytemnestra and Telephus in Greek Vase-painting
  • Ann Harnwell Ashmead, A Lekythos by the Pan Painter at Haverford College: Bread and Soup for Dinner?
  • D. C. Kurtz, The Achilles Painter's Early White Lekythoi
  • Lilly Kahil, Le relief des dieux du sanctuaire d'Artémis à Brauron: essai d'interprétation
  • M. Tiberios, Apharetides - Tyndarides
  • Ian McPhee and Elizabeth Pemberton, Aphrodite on the Swan: A Red-figure Vase in Avellino
  • Spyros Iakovidis, The Hellenistic Pottery of Gla
  • N. Yalouris, The Shipwreck of Antikythera
  • Veronika Mitsopoulos-Leon, Bronzekästchen für Artemis
  • J. G. Szilagyi, Campano-Corinthian Figured Vase-painting: The Pontecagnano School
  • R. Ross Holloway, The Geography of the Southern Sicels
  • C. W. Dearden, Epicharmus, Phlyax, and Sicilian Comedy
  • Ettore M. De Juliis, Ceramica di tradizione indigena e di derivazione greca nella Puglia preromana
  • Gianna Dareggi, Dedica ad Hera su di un frammento ceramico a figure nere nel Museo di Baranello
  • E. G. D. Robinson, Workshops of Apulian Red Figure Outside Taranto
  • Hélène Cassimatis, Propos sur le calathos dans la céramique italiote
  • Anneliese Kossatz-Deissmann, Die Übergabe des Dionysoskindes in der unteritalischen Vasenmalerei
  • Arthur Dale Trendall, Two Bell-kraters in Melbourne by the Tarporley Painter
  • Erika Simon, Westgriechische Karpologien
  • Margot Schmidt, Lydische Harmonie
  • David Ridgway, Two Menzies Vases in Scotland
  • Jacques Chamay, L'anodos d'Hélène
  • Konrad Schauenburg, Bärtige Sphinx aus Apulien
  • Robert Hannah, The Persia-Apulia Link: A Vase in Melbourne
  • Maurizio Harari, Ceramiche Volterrane a Spina: per un'interpretazione storica
  • C. C. Vermeule, From Tarentum to Troy and on to Tunisia: Homeric Survivals in the Hellenistic and Roman Worlds