Egyptian coarse ware in early islamic palestine: Between commerce and migration

Itamar Taxel*, Alexander Fantalkin

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This study offers a critical re-evaluation of chronological aspects and distribution patterns concerning two main types of Egyptian coarse ware (Red-Brown Ovoid Amphorae and Coarse Ware Basins) identified in Early Islamic assemblages (eighth to tenth centuries AD) in Palestine. While the distribution of Egyptian amphorae is explained in socio-economic terms as reflecting normal trade relations, the appearance of Egyptian coarse ware basins in a limited number of local assemblages may imply the actual presence of Egyptian migrants (merchants or soldiers).

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)77-97
Number of pages21
JournalAl-Masaq: Islam and the Medieval Mediterranean
Issue number2
StatePublished - Aug 2011


  • Amphorae
  • Palestine-ceramics
  • ceramics-Egyptian Coarse Ware


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