A Greek cross decorates a door lintel in Shivta. Ariel David

Historians thought early Christians, Muslims coexisted peacefully in ancient Shivta, archaeologists show otherwise

The Negev village had survived for 800 years but some time after the Byzantine era, it sank into decline and would never recover

For about 700 years, the village of Shivta existed in the heart of the Negev desert, at times sustaining a large population despite the inhospitable environment. Like ancient peoples throughout the arid Middle.../p>

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