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Ceramics in Context


Ceramics were a ubiquitous commodity in Antiquity. Due to its high prevalence and functionality, ceramics constitute a source of absolutely fundamental empirical material in archaeology, which can be studied across time and space. The development of distinguishable types (studies of form development - typologies) that slowly but surely evolved (often over centuries) serves as the most important dating criteria in Classical Archaeology. As a result, an understanding of society in Antiquity relies heavily on the exploration and understanding of ceramics. This 3-year research project, involving an assistant professor, a PhD student and student assistants, takes a context-first approach to the study of ceramics, and the aim is to optimise the gain of this important group of materials through contextualisation.

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Ceramics from Jerash, Jordan. Photo: The Danish-German Jerash Nortwest Quarter Project.
Achim Lichtenberger and Rubina Raja (eds). 2020. Hellenistic and Roman Gerasa. The Archaeology and History of a Decapolis City, Jerash Papers 5, Brepols.

Results from the collective research project Ceramics in Context

2020.10.02The research project Ceramics in Context has come to an end. Funded by the Carlsberg Foundation and directed by Professor and Centre Director Rubina Raja, Ceramics in Context has worked with the ceramic finds from the Decapolis city Gerasa, modern-day Jerash in Jordan, since 2015.

Hellenistic and Roman Gerasa. The Archaeology and History of a Decapolis City

2020.09.17New publication by Professor Achim Lichtenberger (Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster) and Professor and UrbNet Centre director Rubina Raja (Aarhus University).

Danish-German project seeks to shine light on ancient Jerash’s pottery production

2020.09.02AMMAN — From the Roman period to Early Islamic times, Jerash had a “strong and continuous” pottery production, according to two scholars who are members of a Danish-German archaeology team.

Middle Islamic pottery from Jerash. New research on ceramic fabrics and the implications for production patterns of HMGP pottery in Northern Jordan

2020.02.25New publication by Assistant Professor Gry Barfod, Professor Achim Lichtenberger (Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster), former PhD Student Alex Peterson, Professor Rubina Raja and Carmen Ting (University of Cambridge).

Scholars study settlement in Jerash in Middle Islamic period

2019.09.22After a devastating earthquake in 749, Jerash was depopulated and it became resettled only after the 12th century, said Professor Rubina Raja from Aarhus University in a recent e-mail interview with The Jordan Times, adding that it is, however, still unclear how many inhabitants lived in Middle Islamic Jerash (9th century - 15th century).

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