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Pella in Jordan

Human occupation stretches back over half a million years
Pella is a magnificent 10 hectare site, set in beautiful surroundings beside a perennial spring in the eastern foothills of the north Jordan valley.
Pella excavation in Jordan

A view of the main mound or tell at Pella.

Excavations by the University of Sydney over the past 38 years have already unearthed many important discoveries, including:

  • Neolithic housing (ca. 6000 BCE)
  • Chalcolithic period storage complexes (ca. 4200 BCE)
  • Early Bronze Age stone defensive platforms (ca. 3200 BCE)
  • massive Middle Bronze Age mud-brick city walls (ca. 1800 BCE)
  • Middle and Late Bronze Age temples and Palatial residences (ca. 1800-1200 BCE)
  • a Late Bronze Age Egyptian Governors’ Residence with clay tablets (ca. 1350 BCE)
  • large areas of a Hellenistic city (destroyed by war in 80 BCE)
  • the theatre, baths and fountain-house of the Roman Imperial city (ca. 150 CE)
  • three Byzantine churches and a Bishop’s palace (ca. 550 CE)
  • an Umayyad Islamic city destroyed by an earthquake (ca. 750 CE)
  • an Abbasid caravanserai (ca. 950 CE)
  • a Mameluke mosque and administrative compound (ca. 1350 CE)
  • and many other finds that bring Pella’s history up to the present day.