Tomb Tracking: A New Burial Survey of Roman Galilee (1st-6th cent. CE)

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2015_MarchANET

By: Jessica Dello Russo

Eldad Keynan, a native of Israel’s Galilee region, finishes a lunch of hummus and pita on the outskirts of the Christian town of Mailia, and engages in the customary post-prandial coffee with none other than the restaurant owner, an agile widow in her mid-seventies who keeps a baby stroller below the counter and faded posters of Italian soccer stars on her eatery’s inner walls. Conversing in Modern Hebrew, the lingua franca of this multi-cultural region of Jews, Christians, Muslims, and Druze, they name rural localities that only homegrown Galileans can visualize without a map. After about ten minutes of rapid discussion, during

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