The Caucasian Archaeology of the Holy Land investigates the complete corpus of available literary, epigraphic and archaeological evidence of the Armenian, Georgian and Caucasian Albanian Christian communities’ activity in the Holy Land during the Byzantine and the Early Islamic periods. This book presents the first integrated approach to a wide variety of literary sources and archaeological evidence, previously unpublished or revised. The study explores the place of each of these Caucasian communities in ancient Palestine through a synthesis of literary and material evidence and seeks to understand the interrelations between them and the influence they had on the national churches of the Caucasus.
Yana Tchekhanovets, Ph.D. (2016), Hebrew University of Jerusalem, works as an archaeologist in Israel Antiquities Authority. Her research interests include the archaeology of the Caucasian Christian communities in Byzantine Palestine, the archaeology of the Late Antiquity and pilgrimage.
Table of contents
Preface List of Figures List of MapsXi List of Tables List of Abbreviations
The Literary Sources Chronicles
Holy Land Descriptions
The Archaeological Evidence The Armenian Community
The Georgian Community
Manuscripts and Colophons Armenian Manuscripts
Finds vs. Texts Archaeology and Literary Sources
Types of Institutions
Identification of the Sites
Caucasian Communities and the Holy Land The Patterns of Interaction
Interaction with the Church of Jerusalem: The Archaeological Evidence
Interaction with the Church of Jerusalem: The Epigraphic Evidence
Compatriots or Heretics? The Impact of Christological Controversies on the Relations Between the Communities
The Communities in the Holy Land and Their Relations with the Homeland
‘On the Map”: Geographic Patterns of the Caucasian Communities
All interested in history and archaeology of Early Christianity in Palestine and Caucasian studies, and anyone interested in the approaches to the study of defined ethnic groups in archaeological record.