The Making of a Family Farmstead

Life on the Farm in Late Medieval Jerusalem - The Peasant Farmstead of Khirbet Beit Mazmil, its Occupants and their Industry over Five Centuries - Bethany J. Walker

Bethany J. Walker [+-]
University of Bonn
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Prof. Dr. Bethany J. Walker (PhD 1998, University of Toronto, Islamic art and archaeology) – Co-Director of the Khirbet Beit Mazmīl excavations and Co-PI of the Medieval Jerusalem Hinterland Project. Research Professor of Mamluk Studies and Director of the Research Unit of Islamic Archaeology at the University of Bonn (Germany). Author of Jordan in the Late Middle Ages: Transformation of the Mamluk Frontier (Chicago, 2011), editor of Reflections of Empire: Archaeological and Ethnographic Studies on the Pottery of the Ottoman Levant (Boston, 2009), and author of 65 scholarly articles. Founding editor of the Journal of Islamic Archaeology (Equinox) and Co-editor of Equinox’s Monographs in Islamic Archaeology.
Benjamin J. Dolinka [+-]
Independent Scholar
Dr. Benjamin Dolinka (PhD 2007, Archaeology, University of Liverpool) – formerly Jerusalem District Ceramics Specialist, Israel Antiquities Authority; currently Independent Scholar. Author of Nabataean Aila (Aqaba, Jordan) from a Ceramic Perspective (Oxford: British Archaeological Reports, 2003) and 7 scholarly articles.
Nicolo Pini [+-]
University of Bonn
Dr. Nicolò Pini (PhD 2017, Classical Archaeology, University of Cologne) – Research Affiliate at the Research Unit of Islamic Archaeology, University of Bonn. Author of Arab Settlements: Tribal Structures and Spatial Organizations in the Middle East Between Hellenistic and Early Islamic Periods (Oxford: Archaeopress, 2019).

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This chapter is the longest of the monograph, covering four seasons of survey and excavations. The bulk of the ceramic and architectural analysis will be found here. The excavations of these seasons were not salvage, but a purely research-based study of the northern half of the site on the summit of “Telegraph Hill”, which has been identified as the residential component of the Mamluk estate, subsequently resettled as a family farmstead and remaining in this form through the Ottoman era. Its occupation extends from the 14th through the early 20th centuries.

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Walker, Bethany; Dolinka, Benjamin; Pini, Nicolo. The Making of a Family Farmstead. Life on the Farm in Late Medieval Jerusalem - The Peasant Farmstead of Khirbet Beit Mazmil, its Occupants and their Industry over Five Centuries. Equinox eBooks Publishing, United Kingdom. Oct 2023. ISBN 9780000000000. https://www.equinoxpub.com/home/view-chapter/?id=40921. Date accessed: 27 Sep 2021 doi: 10.1558/equinox.40921. Oct 2023

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