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dc.contributor.advisorCrow, Jim
dc.contributor.advisorRussell, Benjamin
dc.contributor.advisorLegendre, Marie
dc.contributor.authorRandazzo, Matteo G.
dc.date.accessioned2022-01-13T12:08:42Z
dc.date.available2022-01-13T12:08:42Z
dc.date.issued2021-12-04
dc.identifier.urihttps://hdl.handle.net/1842/38409
dc.identifier.urihttp://dx.doi.org/10.7488/era/1674
dc.description.abstractFocusing on the Byzantine-Islamic transitions of Sicily and Crete, the aim of this thesis is to contribute to the archaeological debate surrounding the development of both islands between the late 7th and mid-10th century. Material sources have been the primary means of investigation, drawing especially on ceramic evidence, selected small finds, especially coins and lead seals, and relevant examples of built environment, which have encompassed a range of domestic, military, and religious contexts. Original arguments and data-collection have been produced through both revaluating the findings and conclusions of current secondary literature, and by drawing on first-hand studies of unpublished material sources and evidence documented during archive-based studies and field observations. Changing patterns in material culture and settlement organisation, and the modes of administrative and economic interactions between incoming Muslim rulers and pre-existing Byzantine communities inhabiting both islands have been the main fields of enquiry. Although taking a regional perspective, this thesis has been based on key case-study sites, of which Knossos and Heraklion, and Enna and its hinterland, are the principal ones. The Byzantine-Islamic transition of Sicily and Crete might appear as a peripheral topic to the eyes of scholars working in core territories of the Byzantine and Islamic empires. When considered within their actual geographical and cultural contexts, however, both islands stand at the virtual and spatial centre of the military and ideological confrontation between Byzantium and the Dar al-Islam. Placed at the crossroads between Constantinople, Cordoba, Mecca, and Baghdad, both islands acted as sociocultural and economic lynchpins between the western and eastern halves of the Mediterranean world, but also as maritime frontier-lands located at the fringe between the worlds of Islam and Byzantium.en
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dc.publisherThe University of Edinburghen
dc.relation.hasversionRandazzo, M.G. 2019, Le fasi altomedievali (secoli VI-IX) nel sito del Casale alla luce di alcune revision dei ‘reperti Gentili’: il corredo delle tombe multiple rinvenute nella basilica, la fornace per coppi a superficie striata, le ceramiche. In P. Pensabene, P. Barresi (eds), Piazza Armerina, Villa del Casale: Scavi e Studi nel Decennio 2004-2014. Tomo II, Scavi nella Villa e nelle Terme Sud. Studi e Materiali dal Tardoantico al Medioevo. Rome. 85-101.en
dc.relation.hasversionRandazzo, M. 2019, Archaeological Approaches to the Islamic Emirate of Crete (820s-961 CE): a starting point. Journal of Greek Archaeology 4. 311-336en
dc.relation.hasversionRandazzo, M.G. 2020, The evidence of Byzantine Sgraffito Wares in 12th -century Sicily: A case study into Economic and Socio-cultural Connection between the Norman Kingdom of Sicily and Komnenian Greece? In M. Ivanova, H. Jeffrey (eds), Transmitting and circulating the Late Antique and Byzantine Worlds. Leiden, Boston. 227-250en
dc.relation.hasversionRandazzo, M.G. 2020, Knossos and Heraklion in the Byzantine-Islamic Transition (late 7th -mid-10th century). An Archaeological Perspective into Shifting patterns of Settlement Ruralisation and Urbanisation in Medieval Crete. Journal of Greek Archaeology 5en
dc.relation.hasversionRandazzo, M.G. La ceramica da cucina “Tipo Rocchicella” (fine VIII-IX secolo) in Sicilia: Complessità morfologica e distributive di una produzione altomedievale a carattere regionale. In Proceedings of the Late Roman Coarse Wares, Cooking-wares and Amphorae in the Mediterranean VI (Agrigento, 24-28 maggio 2017).en
dc.relation.hasversionRandazzo, M.G. La transizione Bizantino-Islamica in Sicilia: il caso di Enna e degli Erei Meridionali. Archeologia Medievaleen
dc.relation.hasversionRandazzo, M.G., Alfano, A., Barresi, P. 2018, Pottery production and distribution at the Roman Villa del Casale between Early and Later Middle Ages. A preliminary revaluation of the Gentili’s fines. In F. Yenişehirlioǧlu (ed.), Proceeding of the XI AIECM3 on Medieval and Modern Periods Mediterranean ceramics. Ankara. 219-230en
dc.subjectarchaeology of the Byzantine-Islamic transitionen
dc.subjectmaterial cultureen
dc.subjectsettlement patternsen
dc.subjecteconomy and administrationen
dc.subjectSicily and Creteen
dc.titleSicily and Crete between Byzantium and the Dar Al-Islam (Late 7th - Mid 10th Century): an archaeological contributionen
dc.typeThesis or Dissertationen
dc.type.qualificationlevelDoctoralen
dc.type.qualificationnamePhD Doctor of Philosophyen


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