New Insights from Middle Islamic Ceramics from Jerash

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https://doi.org/10.1558/jia.17852

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Middle Islamic ceramics, petrographic analysis, organic residue analysis, settlement history, Jerash, Jordan

Abstract

This article presents selected contextualized ceramic finds of the Middle Islamic period from the Northwest Quarter in Jerash, where a settlement of the same period has been investigated over the last years (2011–2016) within the framework of the Danish-German Jerash Northwest Quarter Project. Twenty-four sherds from various vessel types were selected for petrographic analysis, with 17 of these undergoing organic residue analysis as well. We bring together here the results of these analyses and present the sherds in their archaeological contexts together with the new information from the archaeo-scientific analyses. While on the basis of the results we cannot conclude much about specific vessels being assigned certain kinds of foods, we do present wide-ranging results of differing local and imported ceramics as well as a variety of animal and vegetal remains. The results bring to the forefront new knowledge about clay varieties and availability of different kinds of foodstuffs in Middle Islamic Jerash, a topic which is understudied.

Author Biographies

Achim Lichtenberger, Münster University

Achim Lichtenberger is Professor of Classical Archaeology at Münster University, Germany. Together with Rubina Raja, he has since 2011 headed the Danish-German Jerash Northwest Quarter Project.

Alex Peterson, Independent Scholar

Alex Peterson completed his doctorate within the Carlsberg Foundation-supported sub-project to the Danish-German Jerash Northwest Quarter Project, Ceramics in Context. He focused on the Middle Islamic ceramics from the excavations and is currently reshaping the thesis into a monograph.

Silvia Polla, Freie Universität Berlin

Silvia Polla (PhD Siena 2006) has been a Junior Professor at the Institute of Classical Archaeology of Freie Universität Berlin since 2009. Her research focuses on Roman, Late Antique, and medieval landscapes, as well as economy and food systems using computational and archaeometrical techniques.

Rubina Raja, Aarhus University

Rubina Raja is Professor of Classical Archaeology and the Director of the Danish National Research Foundation’s Centre of Excellence for Urban Network Evolutions. Together with Achim Lichtenberger, she has since 2011 headed the Danish-German Jerash Northwest Quarter Project.

Andreas Springer, Freie Universität Berlin

Dr. Andreas Springer is the Head of Mass Spectrometry Core Facility at the Institute of Chemistry and Biochemistry of Freie Universität Berlin.

Heiko Stukenbrok, Freie Universität Berlin

Heiko Stukenbrok is a master’s student at the Institute of Chemistry and Biochemistry of Freie Universität Berlin.

Carmen Ting, Cambridge University

Carmen Ting is currently the Renfrew Fellow of the McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research, University of Cambridge, where she is directing a project to investigate the production of Islamic glazes using new evidence from Central Asia and the Caucasus.

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2021-11-02

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Lichtenberger, A. ., Peterson, A. ., Polla, S. ., Raja, R. ., Springer, A. ., Stukenbrok, H. ., & Ting, C. . (2021). New Insights from Middle Islamic Ceramics from Jerash. Journal of Islamic Archaeology, 8(1), 53–86. https://doi.org/10.1558/jia.17852

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