Garo Nalbandian

Like fallen matchsticks, the columns of an ancient church lie on the ground on the ridge of Sussita, about a mile east of the Sea of Galilee. The columns had been toppled by an earthquake in 749 C.E. This photo served as an illustration in a 1990 BAR article entitled “Sussita Awaits the Spade,” which noted that although the site had been surveyed in the past it had never undergone a major excavation. That article spurred Arthur Segal to propose to his colleagues that they lead a dig at the site. After six seasons of excavation, he and his co-author report on their discoveries in the accompanying article.