Our fourth lecture is by Dr. Debra Foran , Tell Madaba Archaeology Project.
Mount Nebo is well known as the site where Moses saw the promised land and was told he would never enter. The importance of this area as the location of Moses’s tomb led to the development of a network of monastic communities during the Byzantine period (4th – 7th centuries ce) that served both the local population and the numerous pilgrims who travelled through the region.
Archaeological research at Khirbat al-Mukhayyat, the ancient town of Nebo, began in the 1930s, under the direction of the Franciscan Archaeological Mission. To date, three Byzantine churches have been excavated as well as the small monastery of al-Kanisah, located on a hilltop to the east of the settlement. Archaeological investigation at the site was renewed in 2000, under the auspices of the Tell Madaba Archaeological Project, as part of the project’s overall objective to gather archaeological data from both the urban center of a settlement network and contemporary village sites in the region. After conducting systematic topographical and surface collection surveys, certain areas of the site were chosen for more in-depth study. The 2012 field season was devoted to preparing the site for future excavations and documenting the numerous features associated with the settlement.
This presentation will examine the extent remains at Khirbat al-Mukhayyat in conjunction with the results of recent survey work in an effort to place the site within the wider socio-economic context of Byzantine Transjordan.