The French National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS), the French Research Center in Jerusalem (CRFJ) and the Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA) host a workshop on “Methodologies in Medieval Archaeology” in Jerusalem, 27-28 May 2019.

The first day will be closed to the public, but you are welcome to attend the second day’s lectures at the Israel Museum. Here is the program:

08:30 – 09:00 Arrival, coffee
09:00 – 09:15 Welcome words by Dr. Haim Gitler, Chief Curator Archaeology, the Israel Museum, Jerusalem

General Presentations
09:15 – 10:15 Lecture 1: Prof. Gideon Avni, Israel Antiquities Authority – The Archaeology of the Early Islamic Period: New Developments.
10:15 – 11:15 Lecture 2: Prof. Florent Hautefeuille, Université Toulouse-Jean-Jaurès (Lab. TRACES) – Archaeology of medieval settlement in France: Developments and Trends.
11:15 – 11:45 Coffee break

Case-study 1: Crusader Archaeology: A New Field of Cooperation between French and Israeli Archaeologists (lectures 15 min each)
11:45 – 12:00 Simon Dorso, Universite Lyon-2 (lab. CIHAM), French Contributions to “Crusader Archaeology”: Old Habits and New Orientations.
12:00 – 12:15 Prof. Jean-Michel Poisson and Prof. Anne Baud, Universite Lyon-2/EHESS (lab. CIHAM; ARAR), Belvoir, The New French Survey and Excavations: Progress and Results.
12:15 – 12:30 Eng. Jean Mesqui, A Survey of Medieval Caesarea Maritima and its Fortifications.
12:30 – 13:30 Lunch

Case-study 2: The Case of Lalibela in Ethiopia, Another Jerusalem (2 hrs)
13:30 – 13:50 Dr. Claire Bosc-Tiessé, CNRS/INHA, and Dr. Marie-Laure Derat, CNRS, (lab. Orient & Méditerranée), Introduction to the Lalibela Project: A Rupestrian Site and the Process of Christianization and Political Control of Central Ethiopia, 11th – 18th centuries.
13:50 – 14:10 Prof. François-Xavier Fauvelle, Collège de France (lab. TRACES), Sculpted by Angels? A Methodology to Recover the History of the Rock-Hewn Churches of Lalibela.
14:10 – 14:30 Romain Mensan, Universite Toulouse (lab. TRACES), Piles of Rubble from the Lalibela Rock Hewn Churches: An Archaeological Potential toward the Understanding of the Site Formation Process.
14:30 – 14:50 Yves Gleize, INRAP (lab. PACEA), Graves and Cemeteries Bordering Lalibela Churches: Elements of Chronological and Cultural Changes.
14:50 – 15:10 Dr. Marie-Laure Derat, CNRS (lab. Orient & Méditerranée), Lalibela and Jerusalem: The Attraction of the Holy Land through Architecture, Topography and Hagiography, 13th – 16th centuries.
15:10 – 15:30 Dr. Claire Bosc-Tiessé, CNRS/INHA, Objects, Paintings and Manuscripts: Other Strata in the History of the Lalibela site.
15:30 – 15:45 Closing Remarks
16:00 – 18:00 Liza Lurie, Curator of Medieval Archaeology, Israel Museum, Tour of the Medieval Galleries and General Tour of the Museum.

For more information and an up-to-date program, please have a look here.

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