My associate fellowship at the W.F. Albright Institute of Archaeological Research in Jerusalem has been renewed for the 2023-2024 academic year. As a result, I will be returning to the Albright to continue work on the “Archaeology of Liturgy Project” which began in the spring of 2023.
During the spring, I identified 106 churches in Palaestina Secunda, northern Arabia, and the Syrian Hauran to provide a local context for understanding the diversity of layouts in the church plans of the excavated structures at Hippos. I also gathered available preliminary and final reports on the sites and prepared initial summaries. Currently, I am finalizing the summaries and collating lists of characteristics, especially datable materials when they occur.
My second term at the Albright will allow me to write a paper that synthesizes an analytical protocol (in so far as it is possible to construct one), to apply it to the structures at Hippos, and to seek feedback on the analysis.