University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Athropology


Author: Jordan Pickett

Contextualizing Penn’s Excavations at Beth Shean

(1921–1933)

By: Jordan Pickett

When the dust had cleared from the devastation of World War I, the San Remo Conference of 1920 divided he remains of the broken Ottoman Empire. The conference recognized a British Mandate for Jordan-Palestine and Mesopotamia, a British Protectorate in Egypt, and a French Mandate for Syria. Consequently, European and American interest in archaeology in […]


Domestic Devotions in Late Antique Beth Shean

By: Jordan Pickett

A variety of objects found in the residential quarter testify to the expression of the Christian religious identity of the inhabitants, ranging from cross-shaped doorknockers to modest jewelry embellished with Christian symbols. Most intriguing are the souvenirs from pilgrimages to holy places, which would have figured into daily devotions or rituals of healing. Both the […]