Seeds of collapse? Reconstructing the ancient agricultural economy at Shivta in the Negev

Daniel Fuks, Ehud Weiss, Yotam Tepper, Guy Bar-Oz

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Lessons from history on sustainability, collapse and resilience are the ultimate goal of the Byzantine Bio-Archaeology Research Program of the Negev (BYBAN) (Tepper et al. 2015). Addressing the unprecedented flourishing and collapse of the Byzantine Negev agricultural settlements (fourth-seventh centuries AD), the BYBAN project offers a unique and original approach. It focuses on ancient middens and domestic contexts, which provide an exceptional focus on the materiality of daily life. Archaeobotanical research is central to this project because the copious plant remains retrieved are a reflection of the region's agricultural economy and its environmental sustainability.

Original languageEnglish
Issue number353
StatePublished - 1 Oct 2016

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This study was conducted in Shivta National Park under the licence of the Israel Antiquities Authority (G-87/2015, G-4/2016). We are grateful for the assistance of Shivta National Park manager Avi Biton and his personnel, Ami and Dina Oach of Shivta Farm; Yael Mahler-Slasky for photography, Anat Regev-Gisis for graphics; Nahshon Roche for proofreading and processing samples; and to Ruti Roche, Gabriel Fuks, Uri Yehuda and countless volunteers who helped excavate, sift and process archaeological samples. This project has received funding from the European Research Council under the EU's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme (648427), the Israel Science Foundation (340-14), Bar-Ilan University's Doctoral Fellowships of Excellence Program, and the Molcho Fund for agricultural research in the Negev.

Publisher Copyright:
© Antiquity Publications Ltd, 2016.

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Archaeology
  • General Arts and Humanities


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