Byzantine mosaic discovered in Jerusalem

Israeli archaeologists have discovered a 1,500 year old mosaic floor near the Damascus Gate in the Old City of Jerusalem. It is believed to be part of a hostel built by the Byzantine emperor Justinian for Christian pilgrims.

Crowdfunding campaign for a Crusader Castle

A crowdfunding campaign to fund archaeological work and restoration of a crusader castle has already reached half of its goal.

A Collapse of the Eastern Mediterranean? New results and theories on the interplay between climate and societies in Byzantium and the Near East, ca. 1000–1200 AD

The reflection about the impact of climate on human society goes back to antiquity. It has gained renewed intensity with the discussion about climate change and its possible anthropogenic causes in the last decades.

The Medieval Story of Jesus’ Prison Cell

Today it is one of the quieter corners of the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, but hundreds of years ago the ‘Prison of Christ’ was one of the must-see spots for medieval Christian pilgrims.

Hidden Complexities of the Frankish Castle

This thesis is devoted to crusader castles and has a geographical focus on the Near Eastern regions.

Byzantine-era mosaic map restored in Israel

Although the Byzantine-era church that existed about 1500 years ago in southern Israel no longer exists, its mosaic floor has now been restored and shows a map revealing a scene of streets and buildings from an Egyptian town.

Financing the tribute to the Kingdom of Jerusalem: An urban tax in Damascus

After a brief introduction to legal taxation and Saljuq fiscal policy, the philological problems in the definition of a specific due, al-fissa, illegitimate according to the sharia, will be addressed along with its political function and history. This due was levied in Damascus for the tribute to the Kingdom of Jerusalem.

Mosaics discovered at Byzantine-era Synagogue in Israel

Excavations of a medieval synagogue in Israel dating to the Byzantine period (4th—7th c. CE) have uncovered a partially-preserved colorful mosaic floor.

Byzantine church discovered near Jerusalem

Archaeologists in Israel have discovered the remains of a Byzantine church and road station just west of Jerusalem. The site is believed to be about 1500 years old.

Early Christian Mosaic Floor discovered in Nazareth

Mosaic floor found under the Church of the Annunciation is believed to date to the fourth century.

Caliph’s palace on the shores of the Sea of Galilee to be restored

The German government will be funding archaeologists to help restored an Umayyad palace dating back to the early eighth century.

Enumerating the Battles, Skirmishes, and Naval Actions at the Siege of Acre

Hosler examines the many episodes during the siege, which involved Saladin’s Egyptian and Syrian troops, fighting against crusader forces that were eventually joined by kings Philip Augustus and Richard I.

Medieval cesspit in Jerusalem reveals 15th century diseases

Analysis of a latrine in Jerusalem that dates back over 500 years finds human parasites common in northern Europe yet very rare in Middle East at the time, suggesting long-distance trade or pilgrimage routes and shedding light on prevalent infectious diseases of the age.

The German Crusade of 1197-1198

This article reconsiders the significance of the German Crusade of 1197-8, often dismissed as a very minor episode in the history of the Crusading movement.

Infidel Dogs: Hunting Crusaders with Usama ibn Munqidh

Few works of medieval Arabic literature are as valuable to the student of Islamic perspectives on the Crusades as the Kitab al-I tibar or Book of Learning by Example by the Syrian warrior and man-of-letters Usama ibn Munqidh (1095–1188).

Gold coin hoard discovered off Mediterranean coast

Nearly 2,000 coins, the largest treasure hoard ever discovered in Israel, was found a few weeks ago in the waters off the medieval port of Caesarea.

1500-year-old Byzantine grape seeds discovered in Israel

The charred grape seeds, over 1,500 years old, found in southern Israel excavation were used to produce the ‘Wine of the Negev’ – one of the finest and most renowned wines in the whole of the Byzantine Empire.

Why does Saladin have such good PR in the Medieval West?

The story of Hattin and the Third Crusade is a very good read and it features a splendid duel, indeed almost a tournament, pitting Saladin against Richard the Lionheart. And to this exciting mixture is added a dash of sex

The Muslim Conquest of Byzantine Palestina – Monstrous Invasion or Peaceful Occupation?

The Persian and Muslim invasions of Palestina brought with them large-scale changes to the whole region

An Unknown Female Martyr from Jerusalem

In the present article we edit the fragment of a text related to an unnamed female new martyr from Jerusalem from the time of John XIII.

Why did the First Crusade succeed while later Crusades failed

The overwhelming success of the First set off a chain of events that would eventually make it almost impossible for future Crusades to achieve the same levels of success as the first.

Byzantine monastery discovered the Negev Desert

An impressive Byzantine monastery dating to the late sixth-century has been discovered in the northern part of the Negev Desert in Israel.

Asserting Political Authority in a Sacred Landscape: A Comparison of Umayyad and Israeli Jerusalem

Maintenance of authority is of course the end goal, but how does political leadership ‘build’ political authority in the first place?

Byzantine Church and Mosaic discovered in Israel

Archaeologists working for the Israel Antiquities Authority have uncovered the remains of a 1500 year old Byzantine church south of Tel Aviv. It includes a large mosaic and inscriptions in Greek.

A Twelfth-Century Oil Press Complex at the Crusader Town of Arsur (Apollonia-Arsuf) and the Olive Oil Industry in the Latin Kingdom of Jerusalem

This article documents an oil press discovered in the southern part of the Crusader town of Arsur, dating to the twelfth century CE.

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