8091Re: Tiberias Towers
- Apr 5, 2008The towers you mention where part of a free-standing monumental Roman
arch, situated some (unknown) distance south of the Roman city. The
towers were incorporated into the Byzantine city walls and continued
to exist, getting increasingly decrepit, until the 11th century.
The 'grenades' were found in a 9th century context in the eastern
tower. I would suggest that whilst you're in Israel you buy (or
peruse) two final reports on excavations in Tiberias, 'Excavations at
Tiberias, 1973-1974; The Early Islamic Period' by David Stacey (IAA
Reports 21 - where you can see a picture of the 'grenades' on p. 38)
'Excavations at Tiberias, 1989-1994' by Yizhar Hirschfeld (IAA
Reports 22) which will give you considerable info on ancient Tiberias
as revealed by excavation.
--- In ANEemail@example.com, David Hall <dqhall59@...> wrote:
> This morning I walked up the trail from near the Tiberias Holiday
Inn towards the Roman-Byzantine theater and looked down. There about
one hundred yards north of the Holiday Inn entrance road was a pit
containing two towers and some rooms adjoining them. I walked to the
pit and made observations without entering the pit. The two basalt
towers were flanked on the inside with two round capitals on square
bases abutting the towers. The space between them was about the
width of a road. These towers were not the same as the 8th century
tower remains in modern Tiberias uphill from the marina shore area.
The stone carving styles in the two towers complex south of the Roman
cardo area appeared similar to styles seen in the excavated cardo-
marketplace area to the north that is from the Roman-Byzantine era.
This gate with the two towers may be the southern gate of Roman-
Byzantine Tiberias. My Oxford guidebook recoded that towers existed
in the Roman era Tiberias, but city
> walls were not added until Byzantine times. Remains of the Roman
Tiberias were found as far north as the sewage treatment plant below
Rachel's tomb. I estimate that the ruins may extend for more than a
> I do not believe you can context the coconut shaped containers
found in the 8th century tower digs with the with the recent
announcement about these towers that were discovered years ago and
recently uncovered again.
> David Q. Hall
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