Book Series Jerash Papers, vol. 11

The History and Pottery of a Middle Islamic Settlement in the Northwest Quarter of Jerash

Final Publications from the Danish-German Jerash Northwest Quarter Project V

Alex Peterson

  • Pages: xxviii + 246 p.
  • Size:216 x 280 mm
  • Illustrations:331 b/w, 192 col., 3 tables b/w., 10 maps b/w, 1 maps color
  • Language(s):English
  • Publication Year:2023

  • ISBN: 978-2-503-60335-3
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Dr. Alex Peterson is from New Hampshire in the USA and developed a love for archaeology after travelling the world with the military and through graduate studies.  He earned his PhD from the University of Aarhus, where he was a researcher at the Danish National Research Foundation’s Centre for Urban Network Evolutions and part of the Ceramics in Context project.  Dr. Peterson now lives in Hawaii where he works as an archaeologist with the Defence POW/MIA Agency.


In 2015, the Danish-German Northwest Quarter Project working in Jerash uncovered a Middle Islamic farmstead. Subsequent excavations revealed that this settlement, far from marking a decline at the site, is in fact indicative of a broader active and dynamic rural community living within the ancient urban landscape of Jerash.
This volume offers an in-depth focus on this Islamic settlement, with a particular focus on the ceramic material yielded by the site, which is here fully quantified and contextually analysed alongside historical sources. Through this approach, the author has reconstructed a new synthesis of Middle Islamic settlement history, shedding new light on the economic and social structures of a rural community in northern Jordan, as well as establishing a typology that can be used to refine the chronologies of Middle Islamic Jerash.


List of Illustrations

Plates Acknowledgements

Chapter 1. Introduction

Chapter 2. Jerash جرش

Chapter 3. Overview of the Pottery from the Northwest Quarter

Chapter 4. Contextual Analysis of the Middle Islamic Ceramics

Chapter 5. Developing the Middle Islamic Ceramic Typology for Jerash and Examining it within its Wider Regional Context

Chapter 6. Conclusion

Catalogue of Middle Islamic Ceramics from the Northwest Quarter of Jerash
Handmade Geometric Painted Ware
Plain Unpainted Handmade Ware
Cooking Vessels
Glazed Ware Vessels
Wheelmade Vessels
Miscellaneous Objects

Works Cited