The territory of Hippos: Its settlement dynamics and development from the Hellenistic to the Late Roman period as seen through spatial analytical methods

Adam Pažout, Michael Eisenberg

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Abstract

In this article we present an attempt to reconstruct the agricultural, economic, and administrative territory of the city of Hippos of the Decapolis from the Hellenistic to the Late Roman periods. The aim was to test models of development of territories proposed for Greek poleis and to apply approaches relating the site catchment and central place theory to the study of territoriality of Hellenistic and Roman cities in the southern Levant. The research methodology encompasses spatial analyses of the settlement patterns, using computation of travel times, average neighbour analysis and kernel density analysis, applied to archaeological heritage data. The archaeological data and geo-spatial analyses are supplemented with historical–geographical sources and new archaeological data and are incorporated into the local and regional context.

Original languageEnglish
Article number103066
JournalJournal of Archaeological Science: Reports
Volume38
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 2021

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
We would like to thank Dr. Mechael Osband for his assistance and pottery reading. We wish to thank the Hippos Excavations Project team and participants for investing their time, and mainly to Dr. Arleta Kowalewska and Dr. Alexander Iermolin. Part of the logistics, equipment and laboratories services were supplied by the Zinman Institute of Archaeology at the University of Haifa and we thank them for their important support. Finally, we would like to extend our thanks to both reviewers for their valuable comments, which helped to improve the manuscript and to clarify and reflect on certain methodological issues.

Publisher Copyright:
© 2021 Elsevier Ltd

Keywords

  • Archaeological GIS
  • City territory
  • Decapolis
  • Density analysis
  • Hellenistic colonization
  • Pattern analysis
  • Settlement organization

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Archaeology
  • Archaeology

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