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H 290 x W 205 mm

206 pages

61 figures, 4 tables + illustrated appendices (25 pages in colour)

Published Jun 2019

Archaeopress Archaeology


Paperback: 9781789692242

Digital: 9781789692259

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ceramic analysis; ceramic provenance; coarse ware pottery; late Byzantine–early Islamic transition; Southern Transjordan; the Negev; geochemistry; ED-XRF; SEM-EDS; production; exchange

Ceramics in Transition: Production and Exchange of Late Byzantine-Early Islamic Pottery in Southern Transjordan and the Negev

By Elisabeth Holmqvist

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This book focuses on the utilitarian ceramic traditions during the socio-political transition from the late Byzantine into the early Islamic Umayyad and ‘Abbasid periods, in southern Transjordan and the Negev. Production clusters, manufacturing techniques, distribution patterns, and material links between communities are analysed.




Chapter 1 Introduction

Chapter 2 Southern Transjordan and the Negev in the late Byzantine and early Islamic periods

Chapter 3 Archaeological sites

Chapter 4 Ceramic technologies, provenance and exchange

Chapter 5 Catalogue of the analysed ceramic artefacts

Chapter 6 Geochemical and microstructural ED-XRF and SEM-EDS data

Chapter 7 From production centres to regional and inter-regional ceramic transport

Chapter 8 Ceramic data in context: analytical, archaeological and historical evidence


Appendices I-VIII

About the Author

Elisabeth Holmqvist holds a PhD (2010) in Archaeological Science from the Institute of Archaeology, University College London, and MA and BA degrees in Archaeology from the University of Helsinki. She works as a post-doctoral researcher at the Helsinki Collegium for Advanced Studies, University of Helsinki, Finland. Her research interests are broadly in archaeological science, ancient craft technologies and identifying mobility of objects and people in archaeological data. She carries out archaeological fieldwork in Finland, Israel and Jordan.