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Archaeological and Anthropological Sciences

, Volume 11, Issue 9, pp 4769–4788 | Cite as

Pottery in the backyard: Almohad ceramic distribution networks in rural areas (SW Mallorca, Spain)

  • D. J. Albero SantacreuEmail author
  • G. Mateu Vicens
  • A. Ramos Benito
  • J. C. Carvajal López
  • M. Georgakopoulou
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Abstract

Ceramic production and distribution analyses are not frequent for the Almohad rural society in al-Andalus and completely absent in the Balearic Islands. Here, we discuss the role of Islamic ceramics at the seaside site of Puig de Sa Morisca (southwestern Mallorca) applying archaeometric techniques such as petrographic microscope and X-ray fluorescence spectrometry. The results evidenced a dominance of a chemically monogenic group characterised by Neogene calcareous marine clays. Furthermore, some ceramics seem to have been produced in the urban centre of Madīna Mayūrqa and later distributed to the neighbouring rural area. On the other hand, a reduced number of pieces were identified as imported items similarly distributed in rural contexts. These materials indicated that significant social and economic interaction networks between urban and rural communities were at work before the Christian conquest of the island.

Keywords

Islamic pottery Provenance Trade Petrography X-ray fluorescence 

Notes

Acknowledgements

Preparation of thin-sections was carried out in the Laboratory of Archaeological Materials Science (University College London Qatar). We would like to thank Prof. Thilo Rehren for the access to the facilities. Many thanks also to Dr. Noémi Müller (Fitch Laboratory of the British School at Athens) who conducted the acquisition of the WD-XRF data.

Funding information

This research was funded by a José Castillejo grant CAS15/00052 (research mobility program for lecturers in foreign educational and research centres) from the Ministerio de Educación, Cultura y Deporte (Spain).

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Departament of Historical Sciences and Arts TheoryUniversity of the Balearic IslandsPalmaSpain
  2. 2.Departament of BiologyUniversity of the Balearic IslandsPalmaSpain
  3. 3.ArqueoUIB Research GroupUniversity of the Balearic IslandsPalmaSpain
  4. 4.School of Archaeology and Ancient HistoryUniversity of LeicesterLeicesterUK
  5. 5.UCL Qatar, Qatar FoundationEducation CityQatar

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