ʻAbud - Greek Orthodox church of Setti Miriam; al-'Abudiyah

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Architectural Evolution
Phase name (as published): 
Strata V (according to Taha)
General outline: 
The general plan of the church and five columns of the southern aisle are attributed to this phase. This early phase is also recognized in the northern annex, rectangular in shape and comprising of four rooms and a mosaic pavement. Two sub phases can be identified here. In the first the northern wall was constructed and then the partition walls were built and the mosaic pavement was placed. The four rooms: 1- only a section was excavated in it a 90X80 cm strip of mosaic in the north-east corner. A well-dressed threshold leads to room 2- 5X2.3 m; the mosaic is preserved in the northern part only. 3- 2.65X2.1 m; the floor is 29 cm higher than the previous rooms. The later buttress wall is built directly on top of the mosaic. 4- 5.4X4.1 m; the floor is 20 cm higher than room 3, the room is covered in a well preserved mosaic
Dating material: 

The capitals style suggest a 5-6 century date.

Phase date
Century: 
5th-6th c.
Phase name (as published): 
Strata IV (according to Taha)
General outline: 
The Byzantine-Medieval debris of the church seen only in the northern annex. The Medieval church was rebuilt no earlier than the 11th c.
Dating material: 

Pre-mediaeval.

Phase date
Century: 
7th c?
Post Arab conquest history: 
Ceased to function
Post conquest history comments: 
The debris found in the northern annex indicates that this part of the church was destroyed during the seventh century.