Finds and Specialist Reports

Charles Le Quesne

in Quseir

Published by American University in Cairo Press

Published in print October 2007 | ISBN: 9789774160097
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9781936190027 | DOI:
Finds and Specialist Reports

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This chapter presents full specialist reports on pottery, glass, metal, basketry, seed, and animal bone remains found at Quseir Fort. Also present on the site but not described in detail here, were cordage, textiles, leather, and “organics”—a term that refers mainly to pieces of wood, but also to larger pieces of plant material such as coconut shells. All except leather and wood received at least preliminary expert examination. The cordage was looked at by René Cappers and most of the textiles were examined by John-Peter Wild. Finally, there is a short section on the small group of Arabic handwritten texts that was recovered from Trenches B and E. An important characteristic of the material culture from the fort is that it had two distinct elements—indigenous material and exotic material. The indigenous material made up by far the larger proportion.

Keywords: Quseir Fort; pottery; glass; metal; basketry; seed; animal bone remains; cordage; René Cappers; John-Peter Wild

Chapter.  29918 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Society and Culture

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