La céramique islamique d'Apamée de Syrie. Histoire de l'occupation du Quartier Nord-Est du XIIe au XIVe siècle

Valentina Vezzoli
La céramique islamique d'Apamée de Syrie. Histoire de l'occupation du Quartier Nord-Est du XIIe au XIVe siècle
Fouilles d'Apamée de Syrie 3, Académie Royale de Belgique, Bruxelles 2016. 

This book presents the Islamic‑period ceramic assemblage from the archaeological excavations carried out in the north‑eastern area of Apamea by the Belgian Archaeological Mission (Université libre de Bruxelles) since 2002. These investigations yielded an imposing bath‑complex dated from the 2nd to the 7th centuries, which was occupied during the Islamic period as a residential and manufacturing area. We particularly focus on the occupation dated to the Middle Islamic period (12th‑14th cent.), when the sector was occupied by a modest, but intensive, domestic installation, which provided notable evidence of contemporary material culture. This work aims to provide, for the first time, a general overview of the ceramic types produced and distributed in the Middle Orontes region during this period, with the support of reliable archaeological documentation. Moreover, a broad framework of the role played by Apamea within the socio‑political context of Northern Syria during the Islamic period is also provided, with particular attention given to the organisation of the ancient city during the Islamic period, generally not mentioned in written sources.

The book is available for purchase on the Académie Royale de Belgique website

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