Author (Your Name)

Tristram Hussey, Colby College

Date of Award


Document Type

Senior Scholars Paper (Open Access)


Colby College. Geology Dept.


Nelson, Robert E.

Second Advisor

Longstaff, Thomas, R. W.


This study has been the culmination of a year's work in archaeological palynology on the Sepphoris archaeological site, Beit Natofa Valley, Lower Galilee, Israel. The samples came from strata of Middle Roman to Byzantine periods (2nd -7th century C.E. (Common Era) and represents a time of nearly continuous occupation of Sepphoris. The goal of this study was to reconstruct the paleoenvironment and climate of this region for this particular window of time. Though the samples were of poor quality, and the amount of pollen preserved in them was sparse and degraded, tentative conclusions could be made. Further this study showed that archaeological palynology on terrestrial sediments can yield good results.


Paleobotany, Palynology, Sepphoris (Extinct city), Israel