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North Africa is rarely mentioned in scholarship on the medieval Mediterranean. This paper demonstrates the potential of archaeology for understanding the impact of the Arab conquests on settlement and society in seventh- and eighth-century North Africa. Despite difficulties in dating early...
The archaeology of Late Antique and early medieval Italy has attracted considerable attention over the last three decades, with many projects designed to shed light on the transformation of urban and rural landscapes and on patterns of economic change. In Sicily, despite the island's central...
This article argues for the plurality of ivory trade routes between Africa and Europe in the Middle Ages. While the development of the Swahili coast and Red Sea route has been championed for contributing to the flourishing of ivory carving around the Mediterranean in the fourth/tenth century,...
Recent research has stressed the particular importance of silks as the portable agents of a common aesthetic of Mediterranean elites. A number of similarities can be detected between the silk fabrics listed in the twelfth-century inventories of two Ifrīqiyan churches, and textiles from medieval...
While there has been extensive scholarship on the interrelations of medieval and Arab Sicily with the eastern and (to a lesser extent) the central Mediterranean (Fāt˙imid Egypt and Muslim Ifrīqiya), the island's connections with the Muslim West (al-Andalus and the Western Maghrib) have scarcely...
The Naṣrid kingdom of Granada was integrated into the dynamic space of contacts and exchanges that constituted the southern Mediterranean at this period. The Granadans benefitted from the important presence and commercial activity of the major Italian merchants, and from the systems of...
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