Tall al-Ajjul

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This article is about an archaeological site near Gaza. For the Palestinian village in the West Bank, see Ajjul.

Coordinates: 31°28′04″N 34°24′15″E / 31.467665°N 34.404297°E / 31.467665; 34.404297

Bronze age gold jewellery from Tell el-Ajjul in the British Museum.[1]

Tall al-Ajjul or Tell el-Ajjul is an archaeological tell in the Gaza Strip which dates back to 2100 B.C. It is located at the mouth of the Ghazzah Wadi just south of the town of Gaza.


In 1930-1934 Tall al-Ajjul was excavated by British archaeologists under the direction of Sir Flinders Petrie, who thought the site was ancient Gaza, as it is sometimes known.

In 1999 and 2000 the excavations were renewed by Peter M. Fischer because of a common interest in the protection and exploration of the site, for the moment interrupted due to the political circumstances.[2]

A large amount of imported pottery from Cyprus has been discovered. These imports begin with Base-ring I, and White Slip I types of pottery. In particular, over 200 sherds of White Slip I have been found, which pottery is rarely found outside of Cyprus.[3]

The majority of the sherds, nevertheless, are of the later White Slip II and Base-ring II wares. And there are also sherds of the other kinds of Cypriot pottery, including Bichrome Wheel-made, Monochrome, Red Lustrous Wheel-made, and White Painted V/VI.

Ajjul has been and remains one of the proposed sites for Sharuhen and for Beit Eglaim mentioned in Eusebius's Onomasticon.

See also[edit]

Tell es-Sakan


  1. ^ British Museum Collection [1]
  2. ^ Swedish Archaeology in Jordan, Palestine and Cyprus, Tell el-’Ajjul excavations, Season 2000, Preliminary Results -- by Peter Fischer
  3. ^ Celia J. Bergoffen, Early Late Cypriot Ceramic Exports to Canaan: White Slip I. In : Leaving No Stones Unturned / Hansen Donald P. - Winona Lake : Eisenbrauns, 2002. - p.23-41


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