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Jerash Papers (JP 9)

Architectural Elements, Wall Paintings, and Mosaics
Final Publications from the Danish-German Jerash Northwest Quarter Project IV

A. Lichtenberger, R. Raja (eds.)
2 vol., XIV+446 p., 371 b/w ill. + 842 colour ill., 15 b/w tables + 1 colour tables, 216 x 280 mm, 2022
ISBN: 978-2-503-59666-2
Languages: English
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Gerasa, a Decapolis city in northern Jordan, has long been of interest to the international community of archaeologists and ancient historians. The final publications of the Danish-German Jerash Northwest Quarter Project is the most comprehensive publication on the archaeology of the site, since the 1938 publication edited by C. H. Kraeling.

The Decapolis city of Jerash has long attracted attention from travellers and scholars, due both to the longevity of the site and the remarkable finds uncovered during successive phases of excavation that have taken place from 1902 onwards. Between 2011 and 2016, a Danish-German team, led by the universities of Aarhus and Münster, focused their attention on the Northwest Quarter of Jerash — the highest point within the walled city — and this is the fourth in a series of books presenting the team’s final results.

This two-part set offers a comprehensive presentation of Jerash’s rich building heritage from the Late Hellenistic period up to the city’s destruction in the mid-eighth century ad through a discussion of architectural elements, together with analysis of the mosaics, wall paintings, and building ceramics excavated from the Northwest Quarter. As well as providing a general overview of the city’s changing patterns of habitation, the contributions gathered here also include close case- studies and object biographies that shed new light on the intense use, reuse, and recycling of materials that testify to evolving urban practices and optimization of resources across the Roman, Byzantine, and Islamic periods.

Achim Lichtenberger and Rubina Raja are professors of classical archaeology and directors of the Danish-German Jerash Northwest Quarter Project. They specialise in the archaeology of the Mediterranean and Levant and have published widely on Gerasa and the region in general.
Table of Contents

Volume 1: Architecture and Building Ceramics

Contextualizing Finds from Complex Urban Archaeological Contexts: Methodological Considerations on the Architectural Elements, Building Materials, and Mosaics from the Northwest Quarter (2011–2016) — ACHIM LICHTENBERGER AND RUBINA RAJA

Architectural Elements from the Northwest Quarter of Jerash — PATRIC-ALEXANDER KREUZ

Byzantine Interior Decorational Elements from the Northwest Quarter — ACHIM LICHTENBERGER AND RUBINA RAJA

A Monumental Architectural Limestone Block with Altar Iconography — ACHIM LICHTENBERGER AND RUBINA RAJA

Ceramic Building Materials from the Northwest Quarter — PHILIP EBELING

An Archaeo-Scientific Analysis of Building Ceramics from the Northwest Quarter — PHILIP EBELING AND GRY H. BARFOD

‘Misfired’ Ceramic Tegulae from the Northwest Quarter — GRY H. BARFOD, PHILIP EBELING, AND CHARLES E. LESHER

Volume 2: Wall Paintings and Mosaics

Wall Paintings from the Northwest Quarter of Jerash: Roman to Middle Islamic Periods — KRISTINE DAMGAARD THOMSEN

The Colour Palette of the Northwest Quarter: Geochemical Evidence from Pigments Used on Roman and Early Islamic Wall Decorations — GRY H. BARFOD

The Mosaics: In-situ Floors and Fragments in Jerash — WILLIAM T. WOOTTON

Mosaic Glass Tesserae from the Northwest Quarter of Jerash — CRISTINA BOSCHETTI AND WILLIAM T. WOOTTON

About the Authors

Interest Classification:
Classics, Ancient History, Oriental Studies
Ancient history & archaeology: Africa & Asia
Palestine & Near East
Mesopotamia & Iranian plateau (Middle East)

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