Pella by Gottlieb Schumacher

By Gottlieb Schumacher

Gottlieb Schumacher (1857-1925) was once an American-born German civil engineer, architect and archaeologist who was once influential within the early archaeological explorations of Palestine. His mom and dad have been participants of the Temple organization, a Protestant staff who emigrated to Haifa in 1869. After learning engineering in Stuttgart among 1876 and 1881, Schumacher back to Haifa and shortly assumed a number one function in surveying and building within the area. This quantity includes the result of the 1st special survey of the traditional urban of Pella, performed via Schumacher for the Palestine Exploration Fund, and released by means of the Fund in 1888. through the Roman period Pella was once one of many towns of the Decapolis, a bunch of Hellenistic towns which have been centres of Greek and Roman tradition. Schumacher describes the location of Pella, its extant buildings and its surrounding ruins as they seemed on the time of e-book.

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28 PELLA. Heavy rain, which lasted with but little intervals during the whole of our stay at Pella, interrupted the exploration, and compelled us to look for a shelter in the caves, which we found for the greater part swarming with hopping creatures. The worst of this rainfall was that our tents soon became soaked, and only, thanks to the formation of the place we camped at, was it possible to keep the floods out of the interior. During the long nights we usually engaged our guides to tell us Arab stories, ' Salfy/ We sat around a small fire, which we kept burning in the interior of the tent, with the small coffee-can at the side of it.

North of the Basilica wefinda large yard in addition to the forecourt we have described ; this yard surrounded the church on the north and east, but its walls are lost where it approaches to the road. East of the middle apse we find two columns, perhaps in situ; others lie about in disorder. The main wall generally has a width of 4 feet 6 inches, the outline walls have 3 feet and 3 feet 4 inches width, the separation walls 3 feet. The whole building has fallen 48 PELLA. entirely into ruins, only the south wall of the Basilica still showing some layers built above each other ; the wall, 3 feet 4 inches thick, shows mighty hewn blocks, 3 feet 4 inches long, 2 feet wide, and up to 3 feet thick, built together as sketched.

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