Charnel house A 21 was the first discovered by the 1965-67 expedition. It was constructed out of the natural graves and huwwar of the slope. The walls were constructed of mudbrick headers and stretchers, with mud mortar between the bricks. Rather than the typical mudbrick, flattened stones were placed in the exterior forecourt. Bones, skulls, and pottery appeared in clusters, making it difficult to discern the chronology of deposition. Three notable objects were recovered from A 21: a macehaed, a bucranium made from bones, and a palette (Schaub and Rast 1989: 343). An estimated minimum number of individuals from A 21 numbered 53. Hundreds of pots were recovered from this charnel house.
Schaub, R. Thomas and Walter E. Rast. 1989. Bab edh-Dhra’. Excavations in the Cemetery Directed by Paul W. Lapp (1965-67). Reports of the Expedition to the Dead Sea Plain, Jordan, Volume 1. Winona Lake, IN: Eisenbrauns.
|↑1||Lapp, Nancy. 1977. Correspondence from Nancy Lapp to ASOR Corporation Representatives 1977, Lapp-ASOR December 1977, ASOR Archives.|