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Trade in the Byzantine Empire

Trade in the Byzantine Empire

Trade in the Byzantine EmpireTrade and commerce were essential components of the success and expansion of the Byzantine Empire. Trade was carried out by ship over vast distances, although for safety, most sailing vessels were restricted to the better weather conditions between April and October. On land, the old Roman

Byzantine mosaic found in Israel

A Byzantine mosaic floor has been found at the ancient city of Ashdod-Yam in Israel. The first evidence of a Georgian Christian presence on the shores of the Holy Land was uncovered during August excavations in the ancient city of Ashdod-Yam. Dating to the Byzantine period, a Greek inscription was found

1,400-year-old coins found in Byzantine ruins

A hoard of 1,400-year-old coins has been found in the ruins of a building in a Byzantine-era town in Israel. As a Persian army supported by a horde of Jewish rebels marched on Jerusalem in 614 CE, Christians inhabiting a town on the main route inland to the city hid a

Bacteria found preserved in Byzantine-era skeleton

Researchers have identified a case of maternal sepsis in a skeleton unearthed near the site of Troy. As archaeologists excavating a cemetery near Troy, the fabled city from Homer's Iliad, carefully removed the skeleton of a woman buried eight centuries ago, they noticed two chalk-like strawberry-sized nodules near her ribs. The unusual

Byzantine-era stable excavated in Israel

A 1,500-year-old stable has been found in a cave in the Negev Desert. According to a statement from the IAA, the Byzantine-era stable in the Avdat national park was discovered within a cave, which was split into several rooms. Paintings of crosses were found on the walls of the cave, apparently

Byzantine wine presses found in Israel

Wine presses dating back 1,500 years have been unearthed in Southern Israel. In the course of preparations for the construction of a new residential neighborhood in the town of Netivot in the Negev, the Israel Antiquities Authority conducted a salvage excavation of the site. Youths from Netivot and Ashkelon were encouraged

1,500-year-old Byzantine mosaic restored

A 1,500-year-old mosaic depicting ancient street scenes which was removed for conservation from the floor of a Byzantine church has been returned for display in Israel. According to archaeologists Sa‘ar Ganor and Dr. Rina Avner of the Israel Antiquities Authority, “The appearance of buildings on mosaic floors is a rare phenomenon