Ismant el-Kharab is a large town site dating from
about 300 BCE to 400
CE. Extensive and well preserved architectural remains
include a temple dedicated to the local God, Tutu, three churches
of the Fourth Century, many houses, and extensive cemeteries.
It has proved rich in finds, which include several thousands
of texts written in various ancient languages, beautiful glass
vessels, wooden books and other domestic items and tools.
Organic remains are particularly well preserved on this site
and, along with other finds shed much light on the life of
ordinary town and country dwellers.