The rise and fall of viticulture in the Late Antique Negev Highlands reconstructed from archaeobotanical and ceramic data

  title={The rise and fall of viticulture in the Late Antique Negev Highlands reconstructed from archaeobotanical and ceramic data},
  author={Daniel Fuks and Guy Bar-Oz and Yotam Tepper and Tali Erickson-Gini and Dafna Langgut and Lior Weissbrod and Ehud Weiss},
  journal={Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America},
  pages={19780 - 19791}
  • D. Fuks, G. Bar-Oz, +4 authors Ehud Weiss
  • Published 2020
  • Medicine, Geography
  • Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
Significance Commercial production of luxury “Gaza wine” was long assumed to be the economic basis of Late Antique settlement in the Negev Desert. We present empirical evidence for local viticulture of scale and its connection to Mediterranean trade. Offering unprecedented testimony to the globalization of an ancient production economy in a marginal environment, our archaeobotanical and ceramic dataset illuminates the rise and fall of local viticulture in the fourth to sixth centuries of the… Expand
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