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Enduring mystery surrounds the collapse of a Byzantine society

Updated: Nov 23, 2023

From CORDIS EU: Research Results (January 2021)

Enduring mystery surrounds the collapse of a Byzantine society

A cluster of winemaking towns survived three centuries in the harsh Negev Desert, but were abandoned in the 6th century. The EU-funded NEGEVBYZ project investigated three historical sites in the south of Israel: the towns of Shivta, Elusa and Nessana. Despite being some of the best-preserved Byzantine settlements in the world, they are poorly studied. “The story of the Negev has never been told, it’s interesting because it’s a complex society developed under vulnerable conditions on the fringe of the desert,” says project coordinator Guy Bar-Oz.




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