Portable artifacts

Portable artifacts and raw materials

Portable artifacts including their typology, dispersion and production are a common theme in archaeology in general and Islamic Archaeology in particular. Most studies appear under the publication of sites’ final reports. In this section you will find a sample of researches which pose broader questions.


from excavations and from private collections.


journals, databases and references, with a special focus on the Levant


from excavations and from private collections.


Plesa, Alexandra D., 2017. “Religious Belief in Burial: Funerary Dress and Practice at the Late Antique and Early Islamic Cemeteries at Matmar and Mostagedda, Egypt (Late Fourth–­Early Ninth Centuries CE)”, Ars Orientalis 47: 18-42.

Shamir, Orit, 2015. “Egyptian and Nubian Textiles from Qasr el-Yahud, 9th Century AD”, in: Antoine De Moor, Cäcilia Fluck, and Petra Linscheid (eds.), Textiles, Tools and Techniques of the 1st Millennium AD from Egypt and Neighbouring Countries, Tielt: Lannoo, 49-59.


Le Maguer, Sterenn, 2011. “Typology of Incense-Burners of the Islamic Period”, Proceedings of the Seminar for Arabian Studies 41: 173-183.

Mcsweeney, Anna, 2011. “The Tin Trade and Medieval Ceramics: Tracing the Sources of Tin and its Influence on Mediterranean Ceramics Production”, al-Masāq 23(3): 155-169.

Williams-Thorpe, Olwen, and Thorpe, Richard S., 1993. “Geochemistry and Trade of Eastern Mediterranean Millstones from the Neolithic to Roman Periods”, Journal of Archaeological Science 20: 263-320.