The Oxford Handbook of Early Christian Archaeology

Reddit icon
e-mail icon
Twitter icon
Facebook icon
Google icon
LinkedIn icon
David K. Pettegrew, William R. Caraher, Thomas W. Davis
Oxford Handbooks
  • Oxford, England: 
    Oxford University Press
    , January
     728 pages.
     For other formats: Link to Publisher's Website.
Review coming soon!

Review by Jamin A. Hübner forthcoming.


The Oxford Handbook of Early Christian Archaeology brings together expert work by leading scholars of the archaeology of Early Christianity and the Roman world in the Mediterranean and surrounding regions. The thirty-four contributions to this volume survey Christian material culture and ground the history, culture, and society of the first seven centuries of Christianity in archaeological method, theory, and research. The essays emphasize the link between archaeological fieldwork, methods, and regional and national traditions in constructing our knowledge of the Early Church and Christian communities within the context of the ancient Mediterranean, Near East, and Europe. 

Three sweeping introductory essays provide historical perspectives on the archaeology of the Early Christian world. These are followed by a series of topical treatments that focus on monuments and environments ranging from Christian churches to catacombs, martyria, and baths, as well as classes of objects of religious significance such as ceramics, lamps, and icons. Finally, the volume locates the archaeology of the Early Christian world in fifteen regional studies stretching from Britain to Persia, highlighting the unique historical contexts that have shaped scholarly discussion across time and space. The thorough, carefully-researched essays offer the most intensive, state-of-the-art treatment of recent research into the archaeology of Early Christianity available.


Fabrizio Bisconti, William Bowden, Karen C. Britt, Darlene L. Brooks Hedstrom, Alexandra Chavarría, William R. Caraher, Rangar H. Cline, Thomas W. Davis, Dallas DeForest, David L. Eastman, Vincenzo Fiocchi Nicolai, Sherry C. Fox, Jon Michael Frey, Jody Michael Gordon, Stefan R. Hauser, Troels Myrup Kristensen, Bastien Lefebvre, Emma Loosley, Christina Maranci, R. Scott Moore, Galit Noga-Banai, Maria Parani, Glenn Peers, David K. Pettegrew, David Petts, H. Richard Rutherford, Robert Schick, Susan T. Stevens, Charles Stewart, James F. Strange, Rebecca Sweetman, Peter Talloen, Joan E. Taylor, Paraskevi Tritsaroli

About the Author(s)/Editor(s)/Translator(s): 

David K. Pettegrew is Professor of History and Archaeology at Messiah College.

William R. Caraher is Associate Professor of History at the University of North Dakota.

Thomas W. Davis is Professor of Archaeology and Biblical Backgrounds at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.

Add New Comment

Reading Religion welcomes comments from AAR members, and you may leave a comment below by logging in with your AAR Member ID and password. Please read our policy on commenting.

Log in to post comments