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A Lacustrine Harbour case study: Magdala on the Kinneret Lake (Israel). Urban development of a Harbour City from Late Hellenistic to Islamic period

Author(s): Stefano De Luca ; Anna Lena

Year: 2014

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The Magdala Project excavations, directed by the writers in the city of Magdala/Taricheae (which was the main urban site along the W shore of the Lake of Galilee prior the foundation of Tiberias as capital of the Region), have identified a sequence of phases of a well planned city, strictly interconnected with the development, use and abandonment of its harbour. In this sense the harbour represents an excellent archive of information about the city life. Since the archaeological remains of the harbour (which are among the few examples of lacustrine port structures where a tentative application of the model of AHP was carried out ‘ see Part I) date over a span of time from the Late Hellenistic to the Byzantine/Islamic age, these represent the “right track” for tracing the history of the human interaction with the lacustrine environment and to verify the phases of development of the city and of its planning. Within this history, the Hellenistic port-tower and quadriporticus, the Hellenistic/Early Roman roads and water network, the public fountains, the Roman public bath, the dwelling quarter and the Byzantine pilgrimage sanctuary dedicated to St. Mary Magdalene, are presented.


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A Lacustrine Harbour case study: Magdala on the Kinneret Lake (Israel). Urban development of a Harbour City from Late Hellenistic to Islamic period. Stefano De Luca, Anna Lena. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Quebec City, Quebec, Canada. 2014 ( tDAR id: 436951)


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PaperId(s): SYM-40,09

Arizona State University The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation National Science Foundation National Endowment for the Humanities Society for American Archaeology Archaeological Institute of America