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Scholars Day: April 10, 2013

Seeds of Roman Galilee: An Archaeobotanical Analysis of Huqoq, Israel

This study presents the analysis of archaeobotanical remains recovered during the 2012 excavations at the site of Huqoq, Israel. The site, located near the Sea of Galilee, was occupied during the Roman and Byzantine periods and was of biblical significance. Excavations at Huqoq have identified a contemporary Jewish synagogue thatís architecture, design, and materials suggest an affluence that is higher than would be expected for this size of community. Historical records suggest that Huqoq was well known for its mustard trade and seeds from the mustard family have been identified. The analysis of the archaeobotanical assemblage provides evidence of agricultural production, which aids in addressing the role of agriculture in the local and region economy. These remains also provided insight into agricultural techniques and trends practiced during the periods of occupation and environmental conditions as evidenced through the identification of certain weed and wild plant species.

Presenter: Amanda Foley (Undergraduate Student)
Topic: Anthropology
Location: 125 Hartwell
Time: 9:20 am (Session I)
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