The Islamic Jarash project: A preliminary report on the first two seasons of fieldwork

Anne-Louise Blanke, Kristoffer Damgaard

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Abstract / Description of output

Since the summer of 2002, a joint venture between the University of Copenhagen and the Department of Antiquities of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan has resulted in excavations at the classical site of Jarash in northern Jordan. Founded as a Hellenistic town, this settlement flourished as a Roman and early Christian (Byzantine) city, however, recent decades of research have increasingly provided evidence suggesting a substantial Early Islamic (c. 650-850 CE) urban settlement here as well. The Islamic Jarash Project sets out to re-examine the occupational history of Jarash in Late Antiquity and, by locating and excavating parts of the Early Islamic town centre, to analyse some of the social, ritual and economic changes, which the supremacy of Islam brought about in the urban communities of the Levant in Late Antiquity. To date, the Islamic Jarash Project has located and excavated an early congregational mosque situated centrally within the ruins of Jarash, superimposed on what seems to be a Byzantine bathhouse. This article gives a brief description of the first two seasons of work at this site.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)58-79
Number of pages22
JournalAssemblage. The Sheffield Graduate Journal of Archaeology
Publication statusPublished - 2004

Keywords / Materials (for Non-textual outputs)

  • excavation
  • jarash
  • islam
  • jordan
  • early islamic settlement
  • late antiquity
  • mosque


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