The terra-cotta figurines from a lamp workshop at khirbat shumeila near Beit Nattif, Israel

Benyamin Storchan, Achim Lichtenberger

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In 1934, excavations conducted at Beit Nattif, in the Judaean Shephelah region, uncovered a rich assemblage of waste from a terra-cotta lamp and figurine workshop. The items produced at the workshop, which are now known by the name of the site, are dated to around 300 c.e. and can be considered a hallmark of the regional material culture of the Late Roman period, a time of wide-ranging cultural influences. Recent excavations at Khirbat Shumeila, located in the immediate Beit Nattif region, have uncovered the remains of a Beit Nattif lamp workshop. The Khirbat Shumeila workshop can be dated to the late 4th century c.e. During the excavations, a number of typical Beit Nattif figurines and a figurine mold were uncovered, providing an opportunity to analyze the stylistic and morphological development of the figurines over 100 years. While the new workshop was focused primarily on lamp production, figurine production existed as a secondary industry, further implying the existence of multiple parallel workshops in the region.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-19
Number of pages19
JournalBulletin of the American Schools of Oriental Research
Issue number1
StatePublished - 1 May 2019
Externally publishedYes


  • Judaea
  • Lamp workshop
  • Production
  • Roman
  • Terra-cotta figurines

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Archaeology
  • Cultural Studies
  • History
  • Archaeology


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