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January 14 2013

Byzantine monks in Jerusalem living the good life

A new study of bone collagen taken from skeletons recovered from the Byzantine (5th–7th century CE) St. Stephen’s monastery in Jerusalem has provided a new insight into the supposedly aesthetic and simple lives of the monks.

Testing the documentary evidence
The researchers sought to examine the diet of those interred within the monastery and evaluate the strict adherence to dietary restrictions written down for the order which prohibited the consumption of luxury goods, including meat.

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