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Crusader archaeology : the material culture of the Latin East
Boas, Adrian J., 1952-
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Publication Information:
London ; New York : Routledge, 1999.
Physical Description:
xxi, 267 pages : illustrations, maps ; 25 cm
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D183 .B63 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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Crusader Archaeologydraws together recent excavated material culture in Israel, Cyprus, Syria and Jordan to examine what life was like for the Crusaders in their territory, and how they were influenced by their new-found neighbours. Chapters discuss:
* urban and rural settlements
* surveying agriculture
* industry
* the military
* the church
* public and private architecture
* arts and crafts
* leisure pusuits
* death and burial
* building techniques.
This highly illustrated volume creates a wonderful portrait of the period, which will make fascinating reading for all those interested in the Middle Ages, and in particular the Crusaders.

Author Notes

Adrian J.Boas is Lecturer in medieval archaeology at the Hebrew University, Jerusalem, and at haifa University. He has directed excavations at a crusader village and a number of castles near Jerusalem.

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In 1095 Pope Urban II called for the liberation of the Christian churches in the Muslim lands of the eastern Mediterranean, the Latin East. This exceptionally well illustrated book offers a splendid addition to understanding the history of the Middle Ages and particularly the Crusades. Boas reviews the archaeological evidence recovered from recent excavations in Cyprus, Israel, Syria, and Jordan to better understand city and rural life, architecture and techniques of construction, the crafts, fine arts, and burial patterns. From the city plan of Jerusalem to the crops and industries of the countryside, and from the Crusader castles to their coins and sculpture, this book is an invaluable guide to the extensive material culture and society of Crusader times. In combining history and archaeology (with emphasis in this book on the latter), the author has succeeded in producing a study of fundamental importance to readers interested in the Middle Ages at all levels. C. C. Lamberg-Karlovsky; Harvard University