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Giulia Roccabella

Giulia Roccabella


Ph.D. Dissertation Topic: Early Ottoman Jerusalem and the Inter-Regional Networks as Evinced through the Ceramic Evidence. An Analytic Study of the Pottery Production and Distribution within the Sancak of Jerusalem between1516 and1700.
Advisors: Prof. Ilan Sharon; Dr. Katia Cytryn-Silverman

Abstract: This doctoral dissertation investigates the 16th-18th century ceramic repertoire produced and distributed in the Ottoman sub-province of Jerusalem through the use of archaeological data and literary sources.

A tremendous amount of Ottoman pottery has been retrieved during the many archaeological excavations carried out in Jerusalem. Yet, no systematic studies have been performed on this material, nor have synthetic works been conducted. It is my goal to attempt to synthesize and discuss the archaeological evidence so far acquired in field research, and in some cases, processed in several studies, in order to create a significant corpus to be scientifically and systematically analyzed. Petrographic, morphological and comparative analyses will furnish the data necessary to create a detailed and comprehensive chrono-typology elucidating the wide variety of wares present in the sancak of Jerusalem in the first two centuries of the Ottoman governorship. Hence, this research will provide a practical and functional tool for research and field work.

Based on archaeological evidence this research will attempt to identify production and distribution patterns within Jerusalem and the Syrian region. By combining archaeological and historical data acquired from the sijillis, it will be possible to outline a balanced and objective overall picture of Jerusalem as being an integral part of regional and global dynamics.

Research Interests:

  1. Ottoman ceramic material. European and Asian imports, and local production: a petrographic recognition and data base.
  2. Micro-typology through 3D scanner.
  3. Sijillis: historical sources from the Ottoman administration.
  4. Ottoman social and economic history.

Ongoing Projects:

  1. Publication of pottery from Bethlehem of Galilee in the Institute's Collection.
  2. Publication of medieval and post-medieval Pottery from Tyropoeon Valley (Giv?ati Parking Lot), area M4 and M5.
  3. Publication of medieval and post-medieval pottery from the Temple Mount.
  4. Publication of the revised M.A. thesis "Considerations on the Pavilion in Bil?d al-Sh?m".