‘Atiqot 87 (2016)
Excavations at the Nabatean Site of ‘En Tamar
Keywords: Negev, Nabatean pottery, cultivation, farmhouse, Judean balsam (opobalsam), economy, numismatics
A structure was uncovered at ‘En Tamar, located south of the Dead Sea. Most of the ceramic finds and the glass material from the structure date to the Late Roman period (second–early third centuries CE). Earlier ceramic material, dated to the Hellenistic and Early Roman periods (second century BCE–early first century CE), along with Nabatean coins from these periods, were also found. The abandonment of the site in the early third century CE fits a pattern of abandoned sites that was observed in a number of sites in the Negev, possibly due to the spread of epidemic.
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