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H 290 x W 205 mm

230 pages

Illustrated throughout in colour and black & white (143 colour plates)

Published Dec 2017

Archaeopress Archaeology


Paperback: 9781784917074

Digital: 9781784917081

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Palmyra; Syria; agriculture; trade; supply; nomad; Archaeology; Mesopotamia; excavations

Palmyrena: Palmyra and the Surrounding Territory from the Roman to the Early Islamic period

By Jørgen Christian Meyer

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This book is the first investigation of the relationship between Palmyra and its surrounding territory from the Roman to the early Islamic period since the 1930s. It discusses the agricultural potential of the hinterland, its role in the food supply of the city, and the interaction with the nomadic networks on the Syrian dry steppe.



Preface; Introduction; Survey. Survey area, methodology and implementation; Chronology of the sites; Topography and climate; Water supply. Wells, springs and cisterns; Villages and estates. The food supply of Palmyra; Forts and stations. Lines of communication.Palmyrene control of the territory; Conclusion; Gazetteer of surveyed sites: Wadi Abyad; Jebel Abyad; Wadi al-Takara; Jazal; Jebel Chaar; Wadi Jihar – Wadi Masaadé – Wadi Khabar; Jebel Merah; North of Jebel Chaar; Appendix: Safaitic inscriptions mentioning Tadmur; Bibliography

About the Author

Dr Phil. Jørgen Christian Meyer is professor in Ancient History at the Department of Archaeology, History, Cultural Studies and Religion, University of Bergen, Norway. From 2008 to 2013 he was head of the project entitled Palmyrena: City, Hinterland and Caravan Trade between Orient and Occident.