Fallahin and Nomads in the Southern Levant from Byzantium to the Crusades: Population Dynamics and A

CBRL-Affiliated Project

Co-Directors: Claudine Dauphin, Archaeologist and Byzantinist, (Hon. Prof., University of Wales, Trinity Saint David, Lampeter) and Mohamed Ben Jeddou, Geomatician - GIS (UMR 8167 of CNRS, Orient et Méditerranée - Monde byzantin, Paris). Team: Jean-Marie Castex, Geographer (Université Internationale de la Mer, Nice); Basema Hamarneh, Archaeologist, Byzantinist, Early Islam specialist (Bergamo State University and Milan State University); Mark Merrony, Byzantine Art Historian (Mougins Museum of Classical Art)

Combining archaeological data, literary and historical sources, and Geographical Information System (GIS) analysis, this multidisciplinary project aims to trace demographic fluctuations between the Byzantine and Crusader periods in the marginal arid zone of the Southern Levant (Bilad al-Sham) and to follow the sedentarization processes of the bedu from Arab infiltration prior to the Conquest of AD 636 to the Mediaeval period. The project has been funded since 2010 by a private British foundation, the Mougins Museum of Classical Art.

Featured in the CBRL Bulletin 8 (2013). Subject of the Crystal Bennett Memorial Lecture in London 2013.

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