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Quseir Al-Qadim 1980

By Donald S. Whitcomb and Janet H. Johnson

Quseir Al-Qadim 1980
Paperback, 418 pages £20.00
Published: 1982
ISBN: 9780890031124
Format: 280mm x 216mm
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Subjects: American Research Center in Egypt, Egyptology
Series: American Research Center in Egypt Reports

This volume presents the results of the second season of excavations, during which a Roman merchant's 'villa' and part of the central administrative buildings were excavated. A large section of the Islamic town was also cleared, within which were artifacts ranging from China to West Africa. This report presents the excavations and the artifacts recovered; these latter include the pottery, glass, lamps, Roman ostraca and Arabic letters, fauna, flora, shells, and organic materials, the latter including textiles, wood, leather, and basketry. Also included are brief reports on the survey of Bir Kareim, the site of a Roman gold mining settlement and shrine about 20km from the port, and a discussion of the old mosques in the modern town of Quseir. 


Table of Contents

List of Plates

List of Figures

List of Tables

Chapter 1: Introduction   Donald S. Whitcomb and Janet H. Johnson

Chapter 2: Trench Summaries, Roman Areas   Donald S. Whitcomb

Chapter 3: Roman Ceramics   Donald S. Whitcomb

Chapter 4: Trench Summaries, Islamic Areas   Donald S. Whitcomb

Chapter 5: Islamic Ceramics   Donald S. Whitcomb

Chapter 6:   Imported Far Eastern Wares   John Carswell

Chapter 7: Large and Small Storerooms of the Roman Villa   Carol Meyer

Chapter 8: Roman Glass   Carol Meyer

Chapter 9: Islamic Glass   Donald S. Whitcomb

Chapter 10: Roman Lamps   Steven Sidebotham

Chapter 11: Terra Sigillata Stamps   Steven Sidebotham

Chapter 12: Inscriptional Material   Janet H. Johnson

Chapter 13: The Red Sea Port of Quseir: Arabic Documents and Narrative Sources   Gladys Frantz-Murphy

Chapter 14: Textiles   Gillian Eastwood

Chapter 15: Small Objects   Janet H. Johnson

Chapter 16: Fauna   Patricia Wattenmaker

Chapter 17: Plant Remains   Wilma Wetterstrom

Chapter 18: Marine Invertebrates   David S. Reese

Chapter 19: Conservation   Catharine Valentour

Chapter 20: Bir Kareim   Donald S. Whitcomb

Chapter 21: Notes on Some of the Old Mosques in Quseir   Haini el-Zeini

Would that all archaeologists were as generous with their material, as prompt in publication and as well organized in presentation as these. (Oliver Watson, Bulletin of the School of Oriental and African Studies)

Janet Johnson is professor of Egyptology at the Oriental Institute.

Donald Whitcomb is research associate and associate professor of Islamic and medieval archaeology at the Oriental Institute of the University of Chicago.

Publication Details:

 Paperback , 418 pages
 280mm x 216mm

BIC Code:
  HIS002030, SOC003000
 American Research Center in Egypt


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