Shai Levi, Hecht Museum, University of Haifa

LIVING WELL IN GALILEE. Recent surveys and excavations of rural Galilee reveal that villages and towns continued to expand in the first century A.D., as indicated by a rise in the area and number of settlements. Although poverty was a fact of life for some in this period, the region in general was thriving economically. This can be seen especially at Yodfat, where the Roman destruction sealed off the first-century layers. The growing town included an upper-class area with an elite house that featured high-quality frescoes much like those at Herod the Great’s palace at Masada.