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H 290 x W 205 mm

640 pages

Highly illustrated throughout in black and white with 10 colour plates

Published Mar 2017

Archaeopress Archaeology


Paperback: 9781784915704

Digital: 9781784915711

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Lamps; Holy Land; Late Roman; Late Antique; Byzantine; Byzantium; Islam; Catalogue

Late Roman to Late Byzantine/Early Islamic Period Lamps in the Holy Land

The Collection of the Israel Antiquities Authority

By Varda Sussman

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This volume illustrates lamps from the Byzantine period excavated in the Holy Land and demonstrates the extent of their development since the first enclosing/capturing of light (fire) within a portable man-made vessel.



Introduction; I. The Southern region: Judean Shephelah; II: The Yavne region: (I. LR2a, LR5a included above) and II. LR 11, II. LR11a; III. Jerusalem workshops, types III. LR12-III.B15 (Map 4); IV. Negev, Southern region, wheel-made oil lamps; V. The Samaria Region (V. LR 18 - V. B27); VI. The Phoenician coast including the Northern part of the country (VI. I B31- VI.III B 45); VII. The Bet She’an boundary, eastern part of the Decapolis (VII. LR45–VII. B54); VIII: Imported Oil Lamps; Bibliography; Concordance Table of Sites; Catalogue; Plates

About the Author

Varda Sussman was born in Palestine (now Israel) and graduated from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem (BA and MA) in the faculties of Prehistory and Archaeology. She majored in prehistory with Professor M. Stekelis, in Classical archaeology with Professor M. Avi Yonah, and in ancient history with Professor B. Mazar. She studied for one year in the Oriental Institute in Chicago (USA). From 1950, while studying and working at the Department of Antiquity (now the Israel Antiquities Authority), she participated in various archaeological excavations. In 1964 she became curator / keeper of all treasures (finds) discovered since 1948 and developed the system of storage which enabled students and scholars to obtain, examine and study the material which she had catalogued. Among the catalogued finds were many oil lamps which were objects of artistic and historical significance. Two exhibitions were held of the material: the first on Decorated Jewish Oil Lamps (with catalogue) in 1972 in The Israel Museum, the second illustrating the regional lamps of the northern part of the country in the University of Haifa Museum. These established the recognition of typical workshops which had fashioned special lamps for the use of the Jewish and Samaritan populations. The author’s Ornamented Jewish Oil Lamps from the Fall of the Second Temple through the Revolt of Bar Kochba was published in Hebrew by Mosad Bialik and the Israel Exploration Society in 1972; it was translated into English and published by Aris & Phillips Ltd in 1982. She has also published other articles concerning various aspect of art derived from oil lamps, and a number of excavation reports. After retirement from the civil service, the author lectured for some eight years on ‘the development of the lamps in Israel’ at Bar Ilan University.