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Tell Al Umayri (Abel Keramim)
When Jephthah subdued the Ammonites "He smote them ... as far as Abel Keramim" (Judges 11:33) --- the ruins of which today constitute Tall Umayri, a site in Jordan 7 miles south of Amman. Though the site appears to have never had more than a few dozen buildings archaeological artifacts have been recovered from 21 different strata indicating that the site has been occupied for all but 1200 years since the early Bronze Age (~3200 BCE) to the present.
In past seasons excavators at Tell Umayri -- part of the Madaba Plains Project -- have found an Early Bronze Age megalithic tomb, an Early Bronze Age jar containing more than 4,000 chickpeas, a jar handle stamped with the cartouche of Thutmose III (circa 1479-1425 B.C.), a late Iron Age acropolis and citadel, and a Persian administrative complex ...