A 45 is the earliest tombs of Cemetery A. The A 45 tomb overlapped shafts with tomb A 43, however, they were found to be from different periods due to soil differences. Tomb Group A 45 was found while its neighbor A 43 was being excavated. The original shaft of A 45 was destroyed and Tomb group A45 was in poor condition when it was excavated. There was no stone blocking the tomb entrance, instead, those who had built the tomb had used marl. Marl is a light sedimentary rock that was used as type of fertilizer during the early bronze age and it would have been cheaper and more accessible than stone to block the entrance to the tomb. The exact size of the A 45 tomb could not be estimated since the tomb was in such bad shape, however, it was estimated to be smaller than the average tomb.Thomas R. Schaub and Walter E. Rast,Bâb Edh-Dhra: Excavation in the Cemetery Directed by Paul W. Lapp (Winona Lake: American School of Oriental Research, 1989) (p.74-76)
The A 45 tomb group was purchased by Trinity Lutheran Seminary in Bexley, Ohio. In a 1981 response to Nancy Lapp, Professor of Old Testament and Archaeology Ralph Doermann confirmed that the tomb group was on display at the seminary library and available for scholarly study.Correspondence from Ralph Doermann to Nancy Lapp, 29 January 1981 Interestingly, the pots are listed as being on a permanent loan by Ralph Doermann, despite the pots being purchased by Trinity in 1970s. Currently, the pots are still in a display case in the library’s lobby.Correspondence from Elli Cucksey to Anastasija Malisic, 23 January 2018.
|↑1||Correspondence from Nancy Lapp to ASOR Corporation Representatives 1977, 058 Lapp-ASOR December 1977, ASOR Archival, Department of Anthropology, DePaul University, Chicago IL|
|↑2||Thomas R. Schaub and Walter E. Rast,Bâb Edh-Dhra: Excavation in the Cemetery Directed by Paul W. Lapp (Winona Lake: American School of Oriental Research, 1989) (p.74-76)|
|↑3||Correspondence from Ralph Doermann to Nancy Lapp, 29 January 1981|
|↑4||Correspondence from Elli Cucksey to Anastasija Malisic, 23 January 2018.|