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An Introduction to Islamic Archaeology$
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Marcus Milwright

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780748623105

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: September 2012

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748623105.001.0001

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Crafts and industry

Crafts and industry

(p.143) 7 Crafts and industry
An Introduction to Islamic Archaeology

Marcus Milwright

Edinburgh University Press

This chapter is concerned with the different modes of manufacturing in the pre-modern Islamic world, and particularly focuses upon those crafts and industries that have left the clearest imprint in the archaeological record (ceramic, glass, and metalwork). The chapter starts by looking at the evidence for the placement and organization of industrial activities in early Islamic towns, with an emphasis on the Syrian city of Raqqa. The second section is devoted to the study of ancient technology relating to glass, glazing, and the artificial ceramic body known as stonepaste. The third section considers the evidence for the revival of handmade pottery in rural settlements in the Middle East and North Africa. This case study considers the chronology of this development and the economic and social circumstances that might have led to this example of technological regression.

Keywords:   Ceramics, Lustre, Stonepaste, Petrography, Glass, Metalwork, Technology, Handmade

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