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318 pages

344 figures (colour throughout)

Published Nov 2022

Archaeopress Archaeology


Paperback: 9781803273341

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Levant; Near East; Israel; Hellenistic; Roman; Byzantine; Cities; Villages; Monuments

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Chapters by leading archaeologists in Israel and the Levant explore themes and sites connected with cities and villages from the Hellenistic to early Islamic periods across the region. The result is a rich trove of up-to-date data and insights that will be a must read for scholars and students active in this part of the ancient Mediterranean world.



Gabi Mazor: An Appreciation – Nanette Goldman ;

Back to Bet She’an: Results of the 2019–2020 Fieldwork of the German-Israeli Tell Iẓṭabba Excavation Project – Meir Edrey, Philip Ebeling, Tamar Harpak, Achim Lichtenberger and Oren Tal ;

Monumentalizing Nysa-Scythopolis from the Late 1st - 2nd century AD – Walid Atrash and J. Andrew Overman ;

‘This was the Case with Beth She’an’: The Character of a Jewish Community in a Gentile City – Tziona Grossmark ;

Beth She’an ‘Beauties’: An Introduction to the Sculptures from Roman and Byzantine Nysa-Scythopolis – Elise A. Friedland ;

Swinging Handles / ‘Door Knockers’ from Nysa-Scythopolis – Renate Rosenthal-Heginbottom ;

The Church of the Martyr and Other Churches at Scythopolis (Beth Sheʼan): A Study of Literary and Epigraphic Sources – Leah Di Segni ;

The Christian Topography of Nysa-Scythopolis after Cyril of Scythopolis Historicity Versus Reality – Benjamin Y. Arubas ;

The Israeli Mount Hermon – 50 Years of Discoveries – Shimon Dar ;

Temples for the Imperial Cult in the Roman East: The Architectural Aspect – Arthur Segal ;

The Ascent to the Temple Platform in Caesarea from the Harbor Side – Joseph Patrich ;

Three Unique Mausolea in the Western Upper Galilee – Mordechai Aviam and Dina Shalem ;

Unfinished Business: What Caused the Sudden Cessation of the Construction Works during the Foundation of Aelia Capitolina? – Shlomit Weksler-Bdolah and Orit Peleg-Barkat ;

The Roman Veterans’ Settlement at Moẓa c. AD 70–130 – Uzi ‘Ad, Rachel Bar-Nathan and Itamar Taxel ;

Ramat Bet Shemesh Site 94/10: First Steps for the Understanding of Social Space Organization in Rural Hasmonean Shephelah – a View from Naḥal Yarmut – Débora Sandhaus and Ianir Milevski ;

The Lod Mosaic Revisited: New Discoveries in the Roman Domus – Amir Gorzalczany ;

The Late Antique Mansion Occupying Insula W2S4 Caesarea Maritima – Peter Gendelman and Yosef Porath ;

Champlevé Reliefs from Caesarea Maritima – Rivka Gersht ;

Byzantine Church at Kafr Kama – Nurit Feig and Mordechai Aviam ;

Mosaic Floors of the Monastery in Sede Nahum – Lihi Habas ;

Shivta Mosaics – Rina Talgam, Yotam Tepper, Michael Peleg and Orit Bortnik ;

Mampsis: Mapping the City Following a New Survey – Ofer Sion and Shoshana Israeli ;

Landscapes as Palimpsest: The ‘Ancient Lands’ Myth and the Evolution of Agricultural Landscapes in the Southern Levant in Late Antiquity – Gideon Avni ;

Hiding Complexes in Galilee: Aspects and Significance – Yinon Shivtiel ;

An Early Islamic Residential Quarter at Tabariyya – Walid Atrash and J. Andrew Overman ;

First Guidebooks to the ‘Russian Palestine’: From Sacral Journey Itinerary to Decision Maker’s Tool and Advertising Mean – Alla Nagorski and Mitia Frumin

About the Author

Walid Atrash is a Senior Research Archaeologist at the Israel Antiquities Authority. His principal research interests centre on public structures and Classical architecture. His is editor of the Cornerstone Journal of Archaeological Sites, Written in Arabic with a summary in English and intended for the general Arab public. From 1987 he has worked on the large-scale excavation project in the Bet Sheʼan National Park.

J. Andrew Overman is the Drake Distinguished Professor in the Fine and Arts and Humanities in the department of Classical Mediterranean and Middle East at Macalester College in the United States. His most recent publication is The Temple Complex at Horvat Omrit, with D.S. Schowalter and M.C. Nelson (Brill, 2021).

Peter Gendelman is a Research Archaeologist at the Israel Antiquities Authority. His principal research interests focus on Roman and Late Antique architectural monuments and urban planning as well as on various aspects of the material culture. Since 1992 he has worked on the large-scale excavation and research projects in Caesarea Maritima.


'...this is a fitting tribute to Mazor, who has contributed so much to our understanding of the archaeology of Roman-Byzantine Palestine.' – Jodi Magness (2023): Journal of Eastern Mediterranean Archaeology and Heritage Studies (Issue 11.4)