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Ismant el-Kharab, ancient Kellis

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.

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