1st Edition

Roman-Period and Byzantine Nazareth and its Hinterland

By Ken Dark Copyright 2020
    220 Pages 32 Color & 47 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    200 Pages 32 Color & 47 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    200 Pages 32 Color & 47 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Roman-Period and Byzantine Nazareth and its Hinterland presents a new social and economic interpretation of Roman-period and Byzantine Nazareth and its hinterland as a whole, showing the transformation of a Roman-period Jewish village into a major Byzantine Christian pilgrimage centre.

    Although Nazareth is one of the most famous places in the world, this is the first book on Roman-period and Byzantine Nazareth by a professional archaeologist, the only book to consider the archaeology of Nazareth in the context of its adjacent landscape, and the first to use contemporary archaeological methods and theory to explore Nazareth’s archaeology. Taking as his starting point a systematic survey of the valley between Nazareth and the Roman town of Sepphoris, Dark offers an interpretation of communities elsewhere in the Roman world as networks of interlocking cells, with interactions along routeways being more important in cultural and economic terms than the relationship between urban centres and their surrounding countryside. His conclusions have implications for the wider archaeology of the Roman and Byzantine worlds, as well as for archaeological theory, and demonstrate the importance of Nazareth to world archaeology.

    This unique book will be invaluable to those interested in Nazareth and its surrounding landscape, as well as to archaeologists and scholars of the Roman and Byzantine worlds.

    List of illustrations

    List of abbreviations


    1. Introduction: purpose and perspectives
    2. Texts and topography: Nazareth in context
    3. A liminal landscape? Living between Nazareth and Sepphoris in the Roman and Byzantine periods
    4. A divided land: interpreting the landscape
    5. Jewish village to Christian pilgrimage centre: Nazareth in the Roman and Byzantine periods
    6. Beneath the basilica: the Church of the Annunciation site
    7. Reinterpreting Roman and Byzantine Nazareth

    Appendix 1. Survey data

    Appendix 2. Glass vessels from Nazareth in Western European and North American collections


    Ken Dark has a PhD in Archaeology and History from the University of Cambridge and was Director of the Research Centre for Late Antique and Byzantine Studies at the University of Reading for 15 years. Currently Associate Professor in Archaeology and History at Reading, he is a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries, the Royal Historical Society and the Royal Anthropological Institute, the author of numerous academic books and papers on archaeology and history, and has directed many archaeological excavations and surveys in Europe and the Middle East.