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Title: Water Systems at Yasileh
Author(s): AL-MUHEISEN, Zeidoun
Journal: ARAM Periodical
Volume: 23    Date: 2011   
Pages: 619-644
DOI: 10.2143/ARAM.23.0.2959676

Abstract :
Yasileh is located 9 km east of Irbid and 5 km west of ar-Ramtha, in northern Jordan. The site of Yasileh has an important geographical location since the area was a crossroad sfor the ancient trading routes between Southern Syria, Jordan and Palestine, in addition to the fact that the land in the surrounding area is very fertile and very well suited to agriculture. The Wadi ash-Shallalih area, including the site of Yasileh, a natural basin in which to collect rainwater where the annual rainfall for the Yasileh area has been estimated at between 400-500 mm. A sufficient supply of water was also ensured by cisterns cut into the rocky sides of Wadi Yasileh, as well as a spring located 1 km to the north of the site. Yasileh has a variety of water sources, storage and delivery systems including springs, reservoirs, wells, dams, tunnels and canals. Since 1988, ten campaigns have been carried out by the Institute of Archeology and Anthropology at Yarmouk University. Based on the results of the archaeological activities in the site headed by the author, this article will shed light on the water systems at Yasileh.

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