The Social and Cultural Implications of Violence at Qasr Hallabat

Robert T. Montgomery and Megan Perry

in The Bioarchaeology of Violence

Published by University Press of Florida

Published in print August 2012 | ISBN: 9780813041506
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780813043876 | DOI:
The Social and Cultural Implications of Violence at Qasr Hallabat

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Interpersonal violence is viewed through a case study of six individuals from a seventh-to-eighth-century Early Period Islamic site in Jordan called Qasr Hallabat. The focus of this chapter by Robert T. Montgomery and Megan Perry is to provide insight into the social interactions between groups living in the region at this time. Early Period Islamic Jordan at this time was in a state of upheaval as there was a shift in political power from one ruling group (Umayyad) to another (Abbasids); the climatic conditions were becoming increasingly arid; and there was a major earthquake that was significant enough to destroy some of the buildings in Qasr Hallabt. Historical accounts have described this as a period of relative peace; however, through the analysis of patterns of trauma and pathology as indicators of the socio-political relations, Montgomery and Perry provide a more accurate understanding how people actually reacted in these uncertain times.

Keywords: Small-scale violence; Interpersonal conflict; Socio-political relations; Arid environments; Early Islamic; Trauma; Pathology

Chapter.  9215 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Prehistoric Archaeology

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