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Serjilla – The Dead City – HeritageDaily – Archaeology News

www.heritagedaily.com • May 15, 2020

The Dead Cities formed a centre of agriculture for the region, supplying wheat, grapes, olives and wine for Antioch and Apamea from the Roman classical period when the Byzantine Empire was near its peak.

Serjilla covers an area of around 19.7684 acres and is located on the Eastern slope of the Ariha Mountai in Jebel Riha, a highland region in the modern-day Idlib Governorate.

The settlement is considered one of the oldest Byzantine sites in the region, having been founded around AD 473 and provides archaeologists an insight into the agrarian Byzantine farming practices for the cultivation of grapes and olives.