An Archaeological Re-assessment of Forty-Seven Early Byzantine Basilical Church Excavations Primarily in Israel and Jordan, and their Historical and Liturgical Context
Chapter 2: Methodology
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This book examines whether comparative analysis of repeated patterns of artefactual deposition can be used to determine what institutional activities took place in Early Byzantine basilical churches in the Levant, and where they occurred. There are four main components to this approach: (i) artefacts, (ii) repeated patterns, (iii) Early Byzantine basilical churches, and then (iv) Early Byzantine basilical churches in the Levant. This chapter will consider each of these in turn to set out how they can be addressed and why. But first, there are a range of research methods that might have been used to approach this question, and the more relevant approaches are considered briefly.
Overview of Byzantine archaeology
One of the commonest forms of archaeological investigation is non-invasive topographical survey. This is partly because it is often easier to get a licence for survey and because there is often no expensive post-excavation analysis required from specialist third parties, although the increased use of complex computerised systems and equipment can add to the costs.
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