Excavations at the Early Bronze Age I-II Settlement at Umm Saisabān Near Petra

Ulrich Hübner


Since 2011 University of Kiel (Germany) has been conducting excavations under the directorship of Ulrich Hübner at the Early Bronze Age Site Umm Saisabān in the Petra area in cooperation with the Natural History Society of Nuremberg. It seems likely that the remote place was chosen for defensive purpose, and numerous store jars in houses and buildings suggest that the main purpose of the site was storing goods from agriculture and pastoralism. Since the storage was empty, it seems the place was orderly deserted. Probably Umm Saisabān was destroyed after it had been evacuated.


Petra area; Early Bronze Age I-II; hilltop settlement

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