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Monastic Traditions in Central Jordan: The Tall Ma’in Archaeological Survey

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1. Title Title of document Monastic Traditions in Central Jordan: The Tall Ma’in Archaeological Survey - Walking Through Jordan
2. Creator Author's name, affiliation, country Debra Foran; Wilfrid Laurier University;
3. Subject Discipline(s) Archaeology
4. Subject Keyword(s) Maʽin; Byzantine; monastery; pilgrimage; Mount Nebo
6. Description Abstract Archaeological investigations in central Jordan have revealed numerous settlements dating to the Byzantine period (4th to 8th centuries AD). The city of Madaba was an important urban center upon which many smaller settlements relied. Mount Nebo was the site of a large monastery that acted as the core of a monastic network that included both communal and ascetic monasteries. At the site of Maʽin, these two systems intersect in the form of a small ascetic monastery (the Church of al-Dayr) built on a hilltop adjacent to the Byzantine village. In 2006, the Tall Maʽin Archaeological Survey was initiated in order to elucidate the connection between these two groups. Results of two seasons of topographic and collection survey indicate that the highest concentration of Byzantine material is located on the areas of the tall closest to the monastery. This, coupled with the results of previous archaeological work at the site, suggest that the relationship between Maʽin’s lay and monastic communities allowed a reciprocal exchange of valuable resources. In addition, their mutual prosperity was ensured by the influx of pilgrims that is characteristic of central Jordan during the Byzantine period.
7. Publisher Organizing agency, location Equinox Publishing Ltd
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9. Date (YYYY-MM-DD) 17-Nov-2017
10. Type Status & genre Peer-reviewed Article
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12. Format File format PDF
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14. Identifier Digital Object Identifier 10.1558/equinox.28929
15. Source Journal/conference title; vol., no. (year) Equinox eBooks Publishing; Walking Through Jordan
16. Language English=en en
18. Coverage Geo-spatial location, chronological period, research sample (gender, age, etc.) Jordan,
Iron Age
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