The Late Roman-Byzantine Fort of Tabus

The identification of the fort of Tabus is not certain, but the site of Alalis in the Ptolemy’s Geography has been suggested. The architecture and associated finds point to the latest rebuilding and use in the Byzantine era, apparently as an initiative by the Emperor Justinian I.

A view towards the ruins of the Late Roman - Byzantine fort of Tabus and the the Euphrates valley. Photo: Minna Lönnqvist (Silver) 2004, © SYGIS.

Photo: Minna Lönnqvist 2004 © SYGIS – Jebel Bishri, the Finnish Project in Syria

The map of the ruins of the Late Roman - Byzantine fort and its cemetery at Tabus on the northern edge of Jebel Bishri. Mapping Jari Okkonen 2004, © SYGIS.

Mapping  by Jari Okkonen from EDM data captured in situ on the field © SYGIS – Jebel Bishri, the Finnish Project in Syria.

Pottery from Tell Tabus. Photo: Kenneth Lönnqvist (Silver) 2004, © SYGIS.

Pottery from Tell Tabus. Photo: Kenneth Lönnqvist 2004 © SYGIS – Jebel Bishri, the Finnish Project in Syria