How To

Maps, Plans, and Illustrations

A wide variety of drawings related to the Umm el-Jimal Project have been created since research began at the site in the early 20th century. A major result of H. C. Butler’s Princeton University Expedition to Southern Syria in 1905 and 1909 were a series of architectural plans of major structures, including many of the site’s churches. This research tradition continues with the Umm el-Jimal Project's complete set of drawings across six major categories. Much of this continuously growing set has been digitized, with work now underway to digitally archive the remainder.


Project maps include site-wide plans identifying structures and regional overviews of the area around the late antique town and Roman village.

Plans & Elevations

Architectural plans and elevations focus on the site's major buildings, as well as record archaeological squares and strata.

Inscription Recordings

Many of the hundreds of inscriptions found at Umm el-Jimal and its surrounds have been recorded and published with formal drawings.

Object Drawings

Object sketches and finished illustrations form a significant part of the project's archaeological research records.

Pottery Sherd Recordings

Sherd recordings, rim typologies, and other pottery drawings are part and parcel of the archaeology project's work.

Site Illustrations

Over time, project staff and the site's early scholars have built up a variety of illustrations of the site and its environment, as well as reconstructions based on archaeological evidence.

How to Use This Media

The interactive media wall on this page is cross-platform compatible and should work on most media devices. To explore the wall, move the mouse pointer in any direction over the wall area, tilt your motion-sensitive device, or swipe for touch screens. Click or tap directly on an image to see a detailed lightbox view with a close-up image and more information about the drawing. Users with slower Internet connections should allow time for each image to load in full resolution. For more information about the technology underlying this guide, required computer plugins, and troubleshooting see the Help page.

Educational Curriculum

The project's Curriculum is especially geared toward educators and students. Educational users are encouraged to save the digital images in this gallery for use along with the education manual. To save an image, left click to bring up its detailed view in the gallery, then right click to download.

Excavation stake

Other Image Collections

Want to view more photographs and images? Wander through a 360° site walk in the Virtual Tour, browse selected artifacts in the Artifact Exhibit, or watch slideshows about Umm el-Jimal's Architecture, Inscriptions, and Ceramics.