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Ammon /
Ammonites


Semitic people inhabiting the lands of Ammon, east of the Jordan river, from the middle of the 2nd millennium until the 3rd century CE. They were ethnically close to modern north-Jordanians.
There are no historical or archaeological sources indicating their origins, where as the Bible sets their origins with Ben-ammi, son of Lot. They were most probably natives to their region, and not a product of immigration.
The end of the history of the Ammonites is not an indication that they left. In the 3rd century their was conquered by the Arabs, from when the peoples mixed and an Arab culture and identity replaced the Ammonite.




By Tore Kjeilen