Ya'mun: An Archaeological Site in Northern Jordan

Edited by: Mahmoud el-Najjar
Publisher: Faculty of Archaeology and Anthropology, Yarmouk University 
2011. 

The book was edited by late Prof. Mahmoud el-Najjar from the Department of Anthropology, Yarmouk University. As the title implies, the book entails the archaeology and anthropology of the archaeological site Ya'mun in northern Jordan in 15 chapters; the chapters entail three major topics: the archaeology of the site, people’s biology, and artifacts. According to the various chapters of the book, the site was first inhabited during the Early Bronze Age and witnessed continuous occupation until modern times. It is one of the huge sites in northern Jordan that revealed a number of well-preserved monuments, including a mosaic-floor church, wine presses, dwelling structures and tombs. The site documents the Egyptian rule over the area during the Bronze Ages as evidenced by the recovery of many Egyptian artifacts such as pottery, seals and scarabs. Ya'mun was very sensitive to climate variability, where a change in subsistence economy was noticed by the end of the Middle Bronze Age coupled with a change in dwelling patterns. 
The chapter on the biology of the people throughout the period of occupation points to a people who were probably healthy and enjoyed the site is prosperity especially during late antiquity. Putting Ya'mun in the general economic context relative to similar sites in northern Jordan, the site was not economically stagnated, which opposes the historians’ beliefs on the devastated economy during late antiquity. Besides being informative archaeologically, the book is considered a database for the recovered artifacts and tombs, where both of them are clearly described, dated and illustrated.