Magnetic Prospecting at Nysa-Scythopolis (Tell Iẓṭabba): Deciphering Urban Planning at a Newly Founded Hellenistic Town of the Decapolis

Achim Lichtenberger, Cornelius Meyer, Oren Tal

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Abstract

Tell Iẓṭ abba is located close to the modern town of Beth Sheʾan (Israel), and was where the Seleucid foundation of the later Decapolis city of Nysa-Scythopolis was established in theearly 2nd century BCE. As a result, the site is of major importance for studying Hellenizationprocesses in the Levant. This paper presents the results of magnetic prospections carriedout on Tell Iẓṭ abba (East) in February 2019, as part of a broader German-Israeli researchcollaboration aimed at high-resolution archaeological investigations of the site and its settlementhistory. After discussing the methods used, some preliminary conclusions are drawnabout the extent of surface cover, with speculation on the nature of the remains, as suggestedby the survey data.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)45-70
Number of pages26
JournalStrata
Volume38
StatePublished - 2020

Keywords

  • Beth sheʾan
  • Decapolis towns
  • Hellenistic
  • Magnetic prospection
  • Tell iẓṭabba
  • Urban planning

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