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The Islamic city: archaeology and the human story

The third in a series of three lectures on ‘Re-excavating Jerusalem: archival archaeology’, delivered on 8 December 2016 (venue: The British Academy).

Speaker: Dr Kay Prag, The University of Manchester

Chaired by: Professor Graeme Davies FBA, University of Cambridge

In Kenyon’s system, before the era of the bulldozer, all contexts, including the topsoil levels, were excavated so that a wealth of evidence survives for the later occupation of the city, snapshots ranging from the grand palace of the Umayyad caliphs to the Crusader Hospital of St John. The material detail of the inhabitants of the city during the Ayyubid and Mamluk periods is revealed in buildings, cisterns, middens and cesspits, bringing to life the historical record. The evidence for political links, for industry, craft and trade continues into the nineteenth century history of the city under Ottoman and British Mandate rule.

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