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Khirbet Wadi Hamam

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Transliterated Name Source Name
Khirbet Wadi Hamam ‎‎
Hamaam Hebrew ‎‎חַמָּם
Hamaam Arabic ‎‎حمام
Wadi Hamam Arabic ‎‎

Khirbet Wadi Hamam near Hamaam was first settled in the Hasmonean period around the early first century BCE reaching a peak in terms of size and prosperity in the Early Roman period, when large-scale infrastructural and building projects were carried out. (Uzi Leibner) Archaeological evidence for a severe decline in the settlement surfaces in the mid-fourth century, when most of the village was abandoned. The latest stratified remains at the site date to the last decades of the fourth century, and village life seems to have ceased entirely at the end of that century or in the early fifth. (Uzi Leibner)

Maps, Aerial Views, and Plans
Maps, Aerial Views, and Plans


  • Orientation Map from Uzi Leibner

Aerial Views

  • Khirbet Wadi Hamam in Google Earth
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Normal Size

  • Map of excavation areas from Uzi Leibner


  • Map of excavation areas from Uzi Leibner

419 CE Earthquake

Jones (2021) reports that evidence for the 419 CE Monaxius and Plinta Earthquake has been reported at Khirbet Wadi Hamam by Leibner and Arubas (2018: 97).

Notes and Further Reading

Articles and Books

Jones, I. W. N. (2021). "The southern Levantine earthquake of 418/419 AD and the archaeology of Byzantine Petra." Levant: 1-15.

Magness, J. (1997). "Synagogue typology and earthquake chronology at Khirbet Shema ‘, Israel." Journal of field archaeology 24(2): 211-220.

Magness, J. 2005. Heaven on earth: Helios and the zodiac cycle in ancient Palestinian synagogues. Dumbarton Oaks Papers 59: 1-52.

Magness, J. 2007. Did Galilee decline in the fifth century? The synagogue at Chorazin reconsidered. In, Zangenberg, J., Attridge, H. W. and Martin, D. B. (eds), Religion, Ethnicity, and Identity in Ancient Galilee: A Region in Transition: 259-74. Tubingen: Mohr Siebeck.

Magness, J. 2012. The pottery from the village of Capernaum and the chronology of Galilean synagogues. Tel Aviv 39(2): 110-22.

Wikipedia page for Hamaam

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