The Pottery of the Islamic Periods from Kerem Maharal

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The present study of the Islamic-period pottery from Kerem Maharal points to a continuous settlement from the Early Islamic to the late Ottoman period, though not always located in the same areas. The earliest Islamic assemblage from a clear architectural context was found in a fill in Area H, below the plaster floor of Stratum III (Mamluk period), dated to the eighth century CE. Despite the gap in the usage of the building in Area H, the settlement continued in other areas at Kerem Maharal. The last phase of Stratum III is represented by sections of a burned layer found in Area I (L258) with pottery ranging between the ninth and tenth centuries CE. Sometime during the eleventh century CE (Stratum V), an occupation ofva different nature seems to have occurred, represented by the ?abun in Area I. The pottery assemblage overlaying the ?abun dates from the mid-thirteenth–fifteenth centuries CE (Strata III and IV) and is similar to contemporary pottery recovered in other excavated areas at the site. The latest examined assemblage was dated to the late eighteenth–early twentieth centuries CE and was related to the village of Ijzim, a settlement in the Haifa region during the late Ottoman and Mandatory periods (Khalidi 1992:163–165).

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)49-73
Number of pages25
StatePublished - Dec 2021

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