Mapping the Ancient Jewish Diaspora: 117-650 ce :
This project aim to construct an interactive website that will map the Jewish Diaspora in the late antiquity.
The terminus a quo for the proposed research is the Diaspora uprisings against Trajan (115–117) and the ensuing shifts in Jewish life, one of which was the harsh blows experienced by some of the major centers of Jewish settlement in the Diaspora, first and foremost, the Jews of Alexandria and its environs, and the Jews of Cyrenaica and Cyprus.
The chosen terminus ad quem is the Arab conquest of North Africa and southwest Europe over the course of the seventh century, before the emergence of Jewish communities in Europe in the Early Middle Ages
On the first phase of the project the foundings will be concentrated on the site. later they will be uploaded evidence to a GIS software that allows search by various parameters.
The project is coordinated by Dr. Eyal Ben-Eliyahu from the Department of History at the University of Haifa, Israel