Horvat Ma'on - ST. STEPHEN

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Source of knowledge
Archaeological remains
Excavated site
Nahshoni and Seriy
The excavated site was tentatively identified by Nahshoni and Seriy as a monastery. The excavators did not provide reasoning behind their identification. It is possible that what led them to this suggestion was the large complex of rooms with a church within close proximity (130 m). A unique bread stamp found in the excavation identifies the church as being dedicated to St. Stephen, a saint whose cult was widespread in the southern and eastern parts of Palestine (Di Segni 2014: 33). However, Di Segni proposed that the remains are those, not of a monastery but of a parochial church and the attached structures were the dwellings of the bishop.
State of certainty: 
Uncertain / Questionable
Architectural evolution
Phase name (as published): 
Stratum IV
General outline: 
Two structures built of mudbrick, separated by a street.
Dating material: 

Based on ceramics and numismatics the complex is dated to the end of the sixth - beginning of the seventh century.

Phase date
6th c.
Within century: 
General outline: 
The complex went out of use in the early Islamic period. The western building was destroyed by a strong conflagration.
Phase date
7th c.
Within century: 
Post Arab conquest history: