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Maher Tarboush – University of Copenhagen

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Maher Tarboush
PhD Fellow

My research interest focuses on the early Islamic pottery from north of Jordan.

The aim of my study is to analyse the pottery from north Jordan dating to the early Islamic period (7th – 10th centuries AD), using scientific methods to reconstruct relations between a number of sites in need of study. Excavations at the following sites have produced ceramic corpora available for study: Jarash, after recent excavation by the University of Copenhagen; Pella (Tabaqat Fahl) using material from the earlier work of Professor Walmsley as part of the University of Sydney excavations;  Umm Qais (Gadara/Jadar) using pottery from Associate Professor Susanne Kerner's research; and Tell Al-Husn from Yarmouk University excavations.

The study will focus on issues such as sources of the raw materials of the pottery, provenance, and manufacturing techniques. The selected samples will be examined using a combination of different scientific techniques, including petrography, X-ray diffraction, thermal analysis, and Mossbauer spectroscopy.