Vertical tabsMonastery name, type, categorySite Name: Tell BasulMonastery name: MonasteryMonastery type: CenobiumMonastery category: Former fortress LocationCoordinates, ITM system: 245,165.00712,517.00 Coordinates, ICS system: 195,149.00212,513.00 Geographical region: Beth Shean ValleyProvincial affiliation: Palaestina IIBishopric: ScythopolisTopographical location: The site is located on a small rise in the Beth Shean valley east of Mt. GilboaSoils: AluvialDistance from nearest bishop-seat: ca. 2.5 km (Beth Shean-Scythopolis)Distance from nearest settlement: ca. 2.5 km (Beth Shean-Scythopolis)Distance from Roman roads: The site is located adjacent to the road that led west and northwest from Beth Shean-Scythopolis. Source of knowledgeHideEpigraphy Text number Summary 1 Four-line mosaic inscription within three circles bearing a quotation from Psalms. 2 One-line mosaic inscription bearing a quotation from Psalms. Archaeological remainsExcavated siteExcavators: NameDate Tsori1962-1964 Bibliograpy: Tzori, N., 196220-21 Biran, A., 196311 Tzori, N., 1962190 Ovadiah, A., 1970178 Tzori, N., 1974227 Ovadiah, A. and de Silva, C. G., 1982165 Tsafrir, Y., Di Segni, L. and Green, J., 1994241 Abbreviation for Journals and SeriesState of certainty: Archaeologicaly definitive General descriptionGeneral descriptionEnclosing walls: The monastery was founded within the remains of a Roman period fortress, making use of its original enclosing wall. Gate/s: Entrance to the complex was through its southern wall. At the gate, a threshold was found in situ. Courtyards: A paved corridor led from the entrance to a mosaic paved courtyard. The mosaic pavement contained Greek inscriptions. The courtyard was surrounded by seven rooms, one of which was a chapel. Churche/s: No measurements for the chapel were provided in the report. The chapel was paved in a mosaic featuring acanthus medallions populated with fauna (rabbit, cat, sheep, guinea fowl, ducks and a gazelle) and flora (pomegranate, olive). Water installations: A cistern was added in the courtyard sometime in the late sixth or early seventh century. Small findsSmall finds: CategoryDescription Inscription - see under epigraphy PotteryThree zoomorphic vessels Small finds illustrative material: Illustrative_material Photos Detailed descriptionStructureMaterials applied (walls): Basalt ComponentsEnclosing wallGate/s: 1Courtyard/sMonastery church: Church typeDiakonikonLink to church sectionChurch location single naveGround floor Number of stories: 1Water installations: Cisterns Architectural evolutionPhase 1 Phase 2 Abandonment General outline: The monastery was established in a former Roman period fortress. Some repairs were made to the structure in the late fifth century, possibly at the time of establishment. A total of 15 rooms were identified, seven of which contained mosaic pavements, six with stoneflag paving, one with a beaten earth floor and one paved with clay tiles. The courtyard was surrounded by seven rooms, one of which was a chapel. Phase dateCentury: 5th c.Within century: Second half General outline: Sometime in the late sixth century or early seventh century CE some changes were made to the structure. The nature of the changes were not specified by the excavator. A cistern was added in the courtyard.Phase dateCentury: 6th-7th c. Iconoclastic evidenceIconoclastic evidence: No Phase dateCentury: 7th c.Within century: Early Post Arab conquest history: AbandonedPost conquest history comments: The site was not resettled after it had been abandoned, probably in the early seventh century CE. It was later used as a burial ground, perhaps by Beduins.