Did the Byzantine Negev settlements exhaust the surrounding environment? A response to “Environment and horticulture in the Byzantine Negev Desert, Israel: sustainability, prosperity and enigmatic decline”

Lev Cosijns, Haggai Olshanetsky

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Abstract

The recently published Langgut et al. article claims that there was over-exploitation of the Byzantine Negev Desert. They suggest that the over-exploitation worked in conjunction with the Justinianic Plague and the Late Antique Little Ice Age (LALIA), and caused the decline of the Negev settlements in the middle of the 6th century CE. The current article wishes to respond to Langgut et al. article and show that what they found cannot be used to claim that there was an over-exploitation of the land. Moreover, contrary to what they suggest, their finds indicate and support the fact that the decline occurred later. As part of this rebuttal, we will also show that the dating used in this article, like the other articles published by the project titled “NEGEVBYZ,” is incorrect.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)5-14
Number of pages10
JournalGraeco-Latina Brunensia
Volume27
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - 2022
Externally publishedYes

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Keywords

  • Archaeology
  • Byzantine
  • Justinianic Plague
  • Late Antique Little Ice Age
  • Negev Desert
  • Viticulture

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