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The Hydraulic Context of Monasticism in Late Antique Palestine

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Saturday 19 November 2016, 11:05am - 11:25am
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Dr. Jordan Picket, Fellow, Post-Doctoral Research Fellow and Lecturer, Kelsey Museum of Archaeology at the University of Michigan, will give a paper in Session 10C. Archaeology of Monasticism with the theme Monasteries in their Environmental Landscapes, at the 2016 ASOR Annual Meeting, November 16–19, San Antonio, Texas.

Abstract
The built environment of late antique monasteries is too often viewed in scholarship through a lens darkly which emphasizes physical and spiritual separation both from urban settlements and broader trends in the history of society and technology. One recent alternative trajectory in scholarship has assessed the integration of late antique monasteries with rural productive and economic landscapes. This paper offers another alternative perspective, namely an assessment of the hydraulic landscapes and architecture of monasticism in fourth and early fifth century Palestine. Utilizing hydraulic technologies traditionally associated with the Nabateans and villa rustica—large-scale rainwater catchments, diversions, dams, water-mills, cisterns, and reservoirs—monasteries like Khirbet ed-Deir made the Judean desert a city. But, to follow the inversion popularized by D. J. Chitty and borrowed from the Desert Fathers, the city also became the desert: monastic water technologies were exported back to cities like Bosra, Jarash, and Caesarea Maritima in the course of the fifth and sixth centuries, where they became a standard component of episcopal church complexes and thereby contributed to the changing image and function of the late antique city.

Link: http://www.asor.org/am/2016/schedule.html

Location : San Antonio Ballroom C, La Cantera Resort and Spa, San Antonio, Texas
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