CAESAREA MARITIMA was a port city located on the coast of Iudaea, founded in the late first century BCE by Herod the Great (Netzer 2006, 94-96). In 6 CE it became the capital of the Roman province of Iudaea, and flourished as the center of the Roman administration and a metropolis that played host to merchants, diplomats, travelers, and thinkers from across the Mediterranean and Near Eastern worlds. The archaeological remains of the Roman-period city are well-known because of excavations at the site since the 1970’s. These excavations uncovered the harbor, fortification walls, the palace of Herod, the headquarters of the Roman procurator (governor), a hippodrome for horse racing, temples, an aqueduct, multiple warehouses, a bath building, and churches (Raban and Holum 1996). In addition, an immense amount of material culture has been found in and around the site, including coins, sculpture, inscriptions, and pottery.
For this project data was collected through examination of documented archaeological evidence from Caesarea Maritima and compiled it into a collections database, OMEKA. OMEKA is a publishing platform that allows you to compile digital collections and create different exhibits to view and examine these collections. Using this I was able to track themes and trends throughout different types of material evidence throughout Caesarea Maritima and also compare these trends to others seen in the Near East. I compiled a group of the following material evidence that represented the women of Caesarea Maritima: 50 inscriptions, 6 sculptures, and 25 coins.