Archaeology and the New Testament by John McRay

By John McRay

Noting the very most modern reveals and methods, a number one archaeologist explores what's referred to now of the recent testomony international and what archaeology can and can't let us know approximately it.

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A floor; for example, with coins sealed under it cannot have been laid before the date the coins were minted. The occupationallevel above the floor must, therefore, be later than the date of the coins. The limitation of this dating technique lies in the scarcity of coins in ancient ruins. Unlike cheap pottery, coins were not intentionally discarded, and hoards are rarely found. 36 However, one coin found in the right place may well prove invaluable. Only one is needed to establish a tenninus a quo for an archaeological context.

324-640) saw the continuation of Roman lamps, with the spouts now made as a part of the body. " In such cases the Byzantine (Greek Christian) influence is clearly present. Ornamentation of both Roman and Byzantine lamps became more pervasive as the economy became more affluent. We assume, of course, that poor people purchased the cheaper, plainer products. The potters of antiquity were careful imitators but reluctant innovators. They tended to make what they were familiar with and what could be produced and sold the quickest.

The second tank was fed by the cold tank, which supplied the frigidarium. A noteworthy example of such a system was found in the excavations of the Forum Baths in Pompeii. 28 The particular ritual of bathing differed from place to place and, undoubtedly, from person to person. "29 Wherever in the empire the complexes were small and the facilities limited, the bathing procedure was probably as follows: the bathers undressed in the apodyterium, storing their clothing in a bin, and then went to the frigidarium for a refreshing plunge.

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