Late Byzantine Buildings on the Eastern Fringes of Tel Shiqmona
(Hebrew, pp. 99–129; English summary, pp. 93*–94*)
Hagit Torge and Uzi ‘Ad
Keywords: Carmel, architecture, ethnicity, Christianity
Excavations at Tel Shiqmona, located on the southern outskirts of Haifa, revealed the remains of ashlar-built residential structures (Areas A–C); a large building, probably a basilica church (Area D/E); a foundation of a (city?) wall (Area F); two compounds (Area G), probably part of an industrial area; and a rock-hewn well (Area H). Based on the pottery vessels, metal artifacts, glass finds and coins, it seems that the buildings in Areas A–E were constructed during the second half of the sixth century CE, and were probably part of a neighborhood situated along the eastern fringes of the settlement. The buildings were destroyed and abandoned, apparently following an earthquake during the seventh century CE. The settlement was inhabited by a mixed population of Jews and Christians.
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