Franks, locals and merchants: Ceramic production in the Latin East

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Life in the Latin States of the Levant - the Kingdom of Jerusalem, the Counties of Tripoli and Edessa, the Principality of Antioch and the Kingdom of Cyprus - brought together local populations, Frankish settlers and foreign merchants between c. 1099 and 1291. Pottery is the most abundant artifact type in archaeological assemblages due to their high breakage rate and resistance to decay. The materials required for pottery manufacture are easily available and cheap, and therefore pottery was commonly used by people from all levels of society. Ceramics are tangible evidence of everyday life and a straightforward documentation of their own life cycles. While the traded wares are better known, and are the subject of this chapter, characterizing the local wares with limited distribution necessitates more study. An example is the Syrian coast region, where ceramic wares collected in a large-scale survey indicate quite a few unknown small local workshops.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationExploring Outremer Volume II
Subtitle of host publicationStudies in Crusader Archaeology in Honour of Adrian J. Boas
PublisherTaylor and Francis
Number of pages25
ISBN (Electronic)9781000869156
ISBN (Print)9780367705596
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2023

Bibliographical note

Publisher Copyright:
© 2023 selection and editorial matter, Rabei G. Khamisy, Rafael Y. Lewis, Vardit R. Shotten-Hallel; individual chapters, the contributors.

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Arts and Humanities


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