Katia Cytryn-Silverman

Katia Cytryn-Silverman
Senior Lecturer in the Dept. of Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies and the Institute of Archaeology
Archaeology Building, Room 504. Office Hours: Wednesday, 10:00-11:00

An expert in the archaeology of the Islamic period and its multi-cultural aspects. She focuses on urban patterns in the transition between the Byzantine to the Islamic periods, especially through her excavations in Tiberias since 2009, where she identified the congregational mosque (and its phases) of this district capital. She also deals with the topic of Umayyad palaces and their social and economic significance, and has excavated at the important site of Khirbet al-Minya on the shore of the Sea of Galilee.

Her Ph.D. and monograph on the Road Inns in Greater Syria are part of her ongoing research on road-archaeology. Her topics of urbanism and road-archaeology also offer her the opportunity to dwell on the interaction between religions, in which context she has published on the minarets of Palestine and their symbolism (especially while dealing Ramla’s White Mosque, but also with Tiberias), as well as on the erection of the mosque of Tiberias in the vicinity of the existing monumental church. Cytryn-Silverman also specializes in the pottery of the Islamic period.