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Lucid Transformations

The Byzantine–Islamic transition as reflected in glass assemblages from Jerusalem and its environs, 450–800 CE

Tamar Winter
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236 pages, Illustrated throughout in colour and black and white. 10 tables, 47 figures (6 in colour), 4 maps, 3 plans.
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The book investigates the contribution of glass finds to understanding the nature of the transition from Byzantine to Islamic rule in Syria-Palestine, by analysing numerous glass assemblages from Jerusalem and its environs. This original synthesis explores the nature of numerous types of glass objects, and their distinct distribution in various types of sites. Furthermore, the identification of trends of continuity and change in the fabrics, technologies, typologies and styles of the glass finds throughout this turbulent period, illuminates the nature of the processes undergone by the various communities in the Jerusalem area.The monograph comprises a newly established, comprehensive, up-to-date typo-chronology, based on hundreds of glass wares of the Byzantine and Early Islamic periods from scores of excavations, in and around Jerusalem and in neighbouring regions. Additionally, a holistic study of lighting devices, glass lamps and windowpanes, includes a novel assessment of Christian, Muslim and Jewish written sources regarding lighting in religious buildings in Jerusalem in the relevant periods.

Tamar Winter (PhD) is a senior researcher of ancient glass at the Israel Antiquities Authority. She analyses glass corpora of the Roman, Byzantine and Islamic periods from numerous excavation sites, including Jerusalem, Caesarea Maritima and Bet She’an. Her studies focus on the contribution of glass assemblages to the understanding of cultural and ethno-religious aspects of historical processes.

‘This detailed study of glass assemblages from excavations in Jerusalem and its periphery provides a valuable addition to the study of material culture in Palestine and Jordan during this period and sets a new standard reference to future studies relating to cities in the Near East and beyond.’ Prof. Gideon Avni, Israel Antiquities Authority

‘I learnt something from every part of the book… This is a very significant contribution to the field. It will serve as an important point of reference for the investigation of glass in the region for many years due to the exceptionally large corpus of material that it brings together.’ Prof. Ian Freestone, UCL Institute of Archaeology

Table of Contents (S2946_9781407316987_ToC.pdf, 180 Kb) [Download]

Introduction (S2946_Winter_9781407316987_Introduction.pdf, 642 Kb) [Download]