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Early roman-period Nazareth and the sisters of Nazareth convent

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Dark, K. (2012) Early roman-period Nazareth and the sisters of Nazareth convent. Antiquaries Journal, 92. pp. 37-64. ISSN 0003-5815

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To link to this article DOI: 10.1017/S0003581512001308

Abstract/Summary

First discovered by accident in 1884 – and thereafter informally investigated by workmen, nuns and clergy, for several decades – the archaeological site at the Sisters of Nazareth convent in central Nazareth has remained unpublished and largely unknown to scholarship. However, work by the Nazareth Archaeological Project in 2006–10 showed that this site offers a full and important stratified sequence from ancient Nazareth, including well-preserved Early Roman-period and later features. These include a partially rock-cut structure, here re-evaluated and interpreted on the basis of both earlier and newly recorded data as a first-century ad domestic building – perhaps a ‘courtyard house’ – the first surface-built domestic structure of this date from Nazareth to be published, and the best preserved. The site was subsequently used in the Roman period for burial, suggesting settlement contraction or settlement shift.

Item Type:Article
Refereed:Yes
Divisions:Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Science > School of Politics, Economics and International Relations > Economics
Interdisciplinary centres and themes > Research Centre for Late Antique and Byzantine Studies
ID Code:29782
Publisher:Cambridge University Press

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