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The Joint Expedition to Caesarea Maritima Excavation Reports
Field O: The Synagogue Site

By Marylinda Govaars, Marie Spiro and L. Michael White

The Joint Expedition to Caesarea Maritima Excavation Reports
Hardback, 305 pages £15.00
Published: 2008
ISBN: 9780897570770
Format: 280mm x 215mm
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Subjects: American Schools of Oriental Research, Ancient Near East, Archaeology
Series: ASOR Archaeological Reports

Includes 132 b/w figures and 6 tables.

In the northwest quarter of the site of Caesarea Maritima is Field O, the location known as "the synagogue site and Jewish Quarter." Although excavated in 1956 and 1962, archaeologists and scholars researching the excavation results have been limited to seeing a brush-choked patch of excavated ruins, viewing a few artifacts in museums, and to the frustrating examination of the confusing, often contradictory published preliminary reports. For whatever reason, there was no final report published and there were no published photographs, site plans, or plans of the structures. This lack of clear understanding threatened to keep the site out of the corpus of synagogue sites forever.

Now, comprehensive research has discovered previously unknown records from the 1962 excavations and produced a comparative study of the 1945/46, 1956/62, and 1982/84 excavation photographs and the complete findings from the Joint Expedition to Caesarea Maritima survey and excavation seasons. Included for the first time are a site plan of the excavated remains and reconstruction drawings of the excavated structures.


Preface xi

Acknowledgments xi

List of Figures xiii

List of Tables xvi

Abbreviations xvii

Introduction 1

Chapter 1: Discovery and Investigations before 1948 5

Chapter 2: Investigations in the 1950s and 1960s 23

Chapter 3: The JECM 1982 and 1984 Seasons 57

Chapter 4: The Missing 1962 Site Plan 103

Chapter 5: Final Analysis and Conclusions 123

Chapter 6: Field O Pavements by Marie Spiro 145

Chapter 7: Inscriptions by L. Michael White 155

Appendix A: Avi-Yonah’s 1956 Report 177

Appendix B: Avi-Yonah’s 1960s Reports 179

Appendix C: Vardaman’s 1962 Field Notes 185

Appendix D: Detailed Descriptions of Photographs 187

Appendix E: Early Archaeological Reports, 1923–1946 197

Appendix F: Activities in Caesarea Maritima Field O 221

Appendix G: Reference Numbers for Walls, Surfaces, and Features 223

Appendix H: Artifacts from Previous Excavations 227

Notes 235

Bibliography 273

Drawing and Photographic Credits 284

Index 285

Marylinda Govaars has over ten years of archaeological field experience both in the United States and overseas. At Caesarea, Govaars worked as assistant surveyor/architect in 1980, and then as head surveyor/architect in 1982 and 1984. Govaars has been consulting with the E. Jerry Vardaman Estate since 2002.

Marie Spiro is a specialist in Late Roman and Early Christian art and archaeology, with a particular interest in the study of mosaics. Spiro is Associate Professor Emeritus at the University of Maryland.

L. Michael White is an American Biblical scholar. He is Ronald Nelson Smith Chair in Classics and Christian Origins, and director of the Institute for the Study of Antiquity and Christian Origins, at the University of Texas at Austin.

Publication Details:

 Hardback , 305 pages
 280mm x 215mm

BIC Code:
 American Schools of Oriental Research


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