This year, we began to investiagte the oasis of El Rum archaeologically, starting at the building complex of Umm Ruweim 1. At the central courtyard, we excavated a linear section between the middle casemate and the central building. It revealed that the middle wall structure and the central building were planned and erected contemporarily to each other. Besides this, we found remains of lightweight architecture (documented by complex post hole settings) at the central courtyard.
Additionally, we excavated within the estern room structure of the middle casemate. We found the southern part of these rooms filled intentionally in order to erect an elevated terrace. A staircase from the central courtyard was probably connected with this elevation. In the northern rooms, we found utilization levels on the ground.
Funding: German Research Foundation (DFG)
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