Tall al-Turmus

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Tall al-Turmus
Tall al-Turmus is located in Mandatory Palestine
Tall al-Turmus
Tall al-Turmus
Arabic تل الترمس
Name meaning "The mound of the lupine".[1]
Also spelled Tell at-Turmus
Subdistrict Gaza
Coordinates 31°43′29.83″N 34°46′21.71″E / 31.7249528°N 34.7726972°E / 31.7249528; 34.7726972Coordinates: 31°43′29.83″N 34°46′21.71″E / 31.7249528°N 34.7726972°E / 31.7249528; 34.7726972
Population 760[2] (1945)
Area 11,508[2] dunams

11.5 km²

Date of depopulation July, 1948[3]
Cause(s) of depopulation Fear of being caught up in the fighting
Current localities Arugot,[4] Timorim

Tall al-Turmus (Arabic: تل الترمس‎) was a Palestinian Arab village in the Gaza Subdistrict, located on a low hill on the coastal plain of Palestine, 38 kilometers (24 mi) northeast of Gaza. In 1945, it had a population of 760 and a land area of 11,508 dunams. The village was depopulated during the 1948 Arab-Israeli War.[5]

History[edit]

In 1838, Edward Robinson saw Tall al-Turmus located northwest of Tell es-Safi, where he was staying.[6] He further noted that the name meant "Hill of lupines".[7]

In 1863 the French explorer Victor Guérin visited the village, where he found about 100 houses. The villagers had a very deep well, and used animals to draw water from it.[8]

In the 1922 census of Palestine conducted by the British Mandate authorities, Tall al-Turnus had a population of 384, all Muslims,[9] increasing in the 1931 census, to 504 Muslims in 136 houses.[10]

The villagers constructed their houses of adobe, building them first on the hill and later expanding the village site eastward and westward. It shared a school with the neighboring village of Qastina, and the school had 160 pupils by the mid-1940s. Agriculture was the mainstay of the economy.[5]

Israeli forces from the First Battalion of the Givati Brigade captured Tall al-Turmus early in Operation An-Far on July 9–10, 1948. During this operation, the inhabitants of the village were among a minority of Palestinian villagers in the area to have been driven from their village towards the Gaza Strip rather than eastwards towards Hebron. The Jewish settlement of Timorim was established the lands of Tall at-Turmus in 1954. According to Palestinian historian Walid Khalidi, "The debris of the houses are strewn over the site and can be found near the clumps of cactuses and the sycamore and eucalyptus trees that grow there."[5]

Archaeology[edit]

A salvage excavation at Tell Turmus was conducted by the Israel Antiquities Authority in April 2000 prior to the installation of a water pipe. The remains of a pear-shaped hearth were uncovered, surrounded by pieces of burnt clay that probably used to line the hearth. Inside were two pottery vessels containing burnt animal bones, organic material and a bone implement embedded with stone blades probably used as a sickle. The hearth may date to the Chalcolithic period or Early Bronze Age.[11] Two fragments of a Chalcolithic incised scapula were found at Tall al-Turmus.[12]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Palmer, 1881, p. 275
  2. ^ a b Hadawi, 1970, p.46
  3. ^ Morris, 2004, p.xix, village #276. Also gives cause of depopulation,
  4. ^ Morris, 2004, p.xxi, settlement #66
  5. ^ a b c Khalidi, 1992, p.138.
  6. ^ Robinson and Smith, 1841, Vol 2, p. 364
  7. ^ Robinson and Smith, 1841, Vol 3, p. 232
  8. ^ Guérin, 1869, p. 87
  9. ^ Barron, 1923, Table V, Sub-district of Gaza, p. 8
  10. ^ Mills , 1932, p. 6
  11. ^ Tell et-Turmus Final Report
  12. ^ On the incised cattle scapulae from the East Mediterranean and the Near East

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