The Borders of Arabia and Palaestina project (BAP) is developing a new archaeological methodology to more accurately detect the lines of Roman provincial borders. Although the Roman Empire was divided into some 50 provinces by the reign of Diocletian, and 100 provinces by 400 AD, we do not know the actual lines of the borders between them.

Luckily, there is abundant archaeological evidence in the form of local ceramics. Trade in these ceramics was limited and distorted by customs duty on major provincial borders. Our case-study will sample sites, and determine whether their ceramics are Palaestinian or Arabian. The border of the provinces must lie between them.

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