2nd Edition

Crusader Archaeology
The Material Culture of the Latin East





ISBN 9780367872847
Published December 12, 2019 by Routledge
280 Pages

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Book Description



Crusader Archaeology examines what life was like for European settlers in the Latin East and how they were influenced by their new-found neighbours. Incorporating recent excavation results and the latest research, this new edition updates the only detailed study of the material culture of the Frankish settlers in Israel, Cyprus, Syria and Jordan. Adrian Boas provides comprehensive coverage of the key topics connected to crusader archaeology, including an examination of urban and rural settlements, agriculture, industry, the military, the church, public and private architecture, arts and crafts, leisure pursuits, death and burial and building techniques. There are also entirely new chapters on domestic architecture and disease, injury and medical treatment. Drawing on the extensive experience of an established writer in the field, Crusader Archaeology effectively combines a broad body of material to introduce readers to the archaeological research of the region. This well-illustrated volume is a crucial survey for all those interested in the Middle Ages, and in particular the Crusades.

Table of Contents

List of illustrations



Preface and acknowledgements



A note on the use of place-names



Abbreviations



Chronology





1 Background: the Crusades and Outremer



Geography and climate



The native population



The Frankish settlers



The Italians



Frankish administration and institutions



The Church



The military orders





2 The city and urban life



Major cities



Coastal towns



Inland towns





3 The rural landscape



Land ownership and the rural population in the kingdom of Jerusalem



Taxes and tithes



Monopolies



The structure of the native casalia and the status of the local peasants



The Frankish villani and the planned villages



Illustrations Manor houses and farmhouses



Agriculture and rural industry





4 The defence of the Latin East



Typology of the Crusader castle



How the Franks built their castles



Siege warfare





5 Frankish ecclesiastical architecture



Introduction



Typology





6 Frankish domestic architecture



Introduction



Typology





7 Crafts and minor arts



Ceramics



Glass



Metalwork



Stone vessels and objects



Inscriptions and heraldry



Wood



Games



Arms and armour



Greek fire



Textiles



Leather working



Ivory carvings



Objects of bone and mother-of-pearl



Crusader coins



Crusader seals





8 The fine arts



Figurative sculpture



Non-figurative ornamentation



Wall painting Mosaics



Manuscript illumination



Icons





9 Building techniques and materials



Mortar and plaster



Wood



Stone



Construction





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Biography



Adrian J. Boas is Professor of Medieval Archaeology in the Departments of Archaeology and Israel Studies at the University of Haifa, Israel. He is president of the international Society for the Study of the Crusades and the Latin East (SSCLE). His research focuses on the archaeology of the Crusader period and his publications include The Crusader World (2016), Jerusalem in the Time of the Crusades (2001) and Archaeology of the Military Orders (2006).