Courtesy James A. Sauer

Ammonite pottery from a tomb at Sahab, seven miles southeast of Amman. These three vessels—from the left, a bottle, spouted juglet and tripod cup—are unusual for their completeness. Dated to the Iron II B–C period (seventh–sixth centuries B.C.E.), they can be identified by their particular shapes. The archaeological discovery of the Ammontie culture began with the identification of a distinctive type of pottery at sites in a defined region east of the Jordan. The distinctiveness of this pottery was first recognized in the reservoir at Hesban. Since then these types of pots have been discovered at sites primarily between the Jordan River and the eastern desert, south of the Jabbok River and north of Madaba.