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Archaeological team works to place Abila of Decapolis on tourism map

20 Dec 2017

bila, an ancient site located 13km northeast of Irbid, which belonged to the ancient federation known as the Decapolis, is a matter of interest for American scholars who have been running the Abila Archaeological Project since 1980.

“Excavation thus far has demonstrated that Abila was a major Decapolis city with a long history of occupation,” said Professor David Vila from John Brown University (Arkansas), who specialises in the history of Christian-Muslims relations and Middle East regions.

“The earliest levels of occupation recorded date to the Early Bronze period [3200 BC] and we have found continuous occupation up to the Abbasid period [750-1100 AD],” he told The Jordan Times in a recent e-mail interview.

“One of the most important findings is the significant occupation during the early Islamic period,” Vila continued, noting that it has been found at other sites in Jordan, Israel and Syria, where early Islamic occupation continued into the 11th or 12th centuries AD. 

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