Between Gaulanitis and Hippos: The Roman Road in the Southern Golan Heights in Context

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Abstract

The Roman road that transverses the southern Golan is one of the best-preserved ancient roads in the region. The present study provides new evidence regarding its route, its date of construction and abandonment, and its military-administrative and geospatial relationship with the surrounding landscape and settlements. The research combines diverse methodologies, including historical cartographic data, survey, excavation, a mobility model of the region and visibility predictive analysis for watchtower positions. The results suggest that the road was constructed in the second half of the 2nd century CE. A system of watchtowers existed along it, and it apparently did not serve as a vital artery between the nearby villages and the road itself.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)95-117
Number of pages23
JournalTel Aviv
Volume51
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - 2024

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© 2024 The Author(s). Published by Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group.

Keywords

  • Archaeological GIS
  • Hippos territorium
  • Roman administration
  • Roman roads
  • Roman watchtowers
  • Spatial analysis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Archaeology
  • Cultural Studies
  • History
  • Archaeology

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