Crusader glass in context: The destruction of arsur (apollonia-Arsuf, Israel), April 1265

Ruth E. Jackson-Tal, Oren Tal

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In March 1265 C.E., the Mamluk sultan Baybars laid siege to the town of Arsur in the central coastal plain of Israel and, after 40 days of fierce fighting, took it by storm. The entire site of Arsur was razed, and it has been left in ruins ever since. Among the excavated features of the castle, a cesspit used for refuse by the besieged Hospitaller knights and defenders was unearthed, yielding large numbers of local and imported pottery vessels, metal and stone artifacts, and especially undecorated and luxury glass vessels. The importance of this assemblage lies in its terminus ante quem of late April 1265, and the relative scarceness of well-dated everyday artifacts of this period. The size, diversity, and secure archaeological context of this glass assemblage make it an important study case for Crusader glass research in Israel and beyond.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)85-100
Number of pages16
JournalJournal of Glass Studies
StatePublished - 19 Dec 2013
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Visual Arts and Performing Arts


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