Resurrecting Mitzpe Shivta: Connections between monasticism and economy in the Late Antique Negev Desert

Sina Lehnig, Gil Gambash, Guy Bar-Oz

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Abstract

Occupation of Mitzpe Shivta in the Negev Desert coincided with times of economic and social upheaval and counterculture movements during the sixth and seventh centuries AD. Inscriptions and symbols found in rock-hewn rooms in the region indicate that while the agricultural economy declined during the late Byzantine period, pilgrimage and monasticism prospered.

Original languageAmerican English
Article numbere34
JournalAntiquity
Volume97
Issue number396
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Dec 2023

Keywords

  • agriculture
  • epigraphic survey
  • pilgrimage
  • radiocarbon dating
  • rock-cut rooms

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Arts and Humanities
  • Archaeology

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