Walking Through Jordan - Essays in Honor of Burton MacDonald - Michael Neeley

Walking Through Jordan - Essays in Honor of Burton MacDonald - Michael Neeley

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

Walking Through Jordan - Essays in Honor of Burton MacDonald - Michael Neeley

Debra Foran [+-]
Wilfrid Laurier University
Debra Foran is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Archaeology and Classical Studies at Wilfrid Laurier University. Her research focuses on Byzantine pilgrimage and trade and the role that landscape played in the religious and economic development of Transjordan during this period. She established the Khirbat al-Mukhayyat Archaeological Project in order to explore these subjects and their effect on the material record of the Mount Nebo region.

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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.

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Foran, Debra. Monastic Traditions in Central Jordan: The Tall Ma’in Archaeological Survey. Walking Through Jordan - Essays in Honor of Burton MacDonald. Equinox eBooks Publishing, United Kingdom. p. 205-220 Nov 2017. ISBN 9781781792834. https://www.equinoxpub.com/home/view-chapter/?id=28929. Date accessed: 18 Sep 2019 doi: 10.1558/equinox.28929. Nov 2017

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