Mamluk Pottery: Material Culture and History in the Middle Islamic Period

Organised by Professor Achim Lichtenberger (Ruhr-Universität Bochum) and Professor Rubina Raja (Aarhus University).

Joint workshop between the Danish National Research Foundation’s Centre of Excellence for Urban Network Evolutions (UrbNet), the Danish-German Jerash Northwest Quarter Project and Ceramics in Context (funded by the Carlsberg Foundation).

Date Monday 13 June 2016
Time 9:00-16:30
Location Studenterhus Aarhus, Frederik Nielsens Vej 2-4, 8000 Aarhus C, Preben Hornung Stuen


The Ayyubid-Mamluk periods in the Levant have been a topic of research for decades. However, the common wares (pottery) of these periods have until recently received little attention. These wares are, however, much better represented in the archaeological record than earlier thought. This conference focuses on the nature of new evidence, which have come to light within the last years. There will be a particular focus on Jerash in the Middle Islamic period and the evidence coming from the Danish-German Jerash Northwest Quarter Project’s excavations, which have been ongoing since 2011. Other regions and case studies will, however, also be presented to bring in a comparative perspective in order to begin to discuss these periods through the material culture and in particular the pottery of everyday life in the region.

Confirmed speakers

  • Achim Lichtenberger, Ruhr-Universität Bochum (organiser)
  • Alex Peterson, Aarhus University
  • Georg Kalaitzoglou, Ruhr-Universität Bochum
  • Heike Möller, Aarhus University
  • Laurent Tholbecq, Université Libre de Bruxelles
  • Rubina Raja, Aarhus University (organiser)

Practical information for speakers


Please make your own travel arrangements to/from Aarhus. After your visit, your travel expenses will be reimbursed (only economy class). Please fill out this travel reimbursement form and return it (preferably in Excel-format) to Christina Levisen ( along with copies of your receipts and boarding passes (scanned copies are fine).


We have organised accommodation at:

Hotel Cabinn
Kannikegade 14
8000 Aarhus C
Phone: +45 8615 7000
See map

The hotel is located 1 km from the railway station. If you arrive to Aarhus by plane, take the airport bus (there is one for each arrival) to Aarhus city and get off at the railway station (‘Banegårdspladsen’). This map shows you how to get from the railway station to the hotel. 

Transport to conference venue

To get from Hotel Cabinn to Studenterhus Aarhus, you can catch Bus 12, 13, 100 from Kystvejen at Navitas (see map) or Bus 1A, 14 or 18 from Klostertorv (see map). Get off at Aarhus Universitet, Randersvej/Nordre Ringgade (right at the Nobel Park). Cross Randersvej (the one leading to downtown Aarhus), walk 200 m, turn right into a cul de sac, and you are at Studenterhus Aarhus.

Dinner and diet

A speakers’ dinner has been organised for 13 June at 19:00 (Restaurant Komfur, Guldsmedegade 38, 8000 Aarhus C), and of course, we will cater for you during the workshop. If you have any dietary restrictions (e.g. allergies), please let Christina Levisen ( as soon as possible.


If you wish to use powerpoint, we would very much appreciate it if you could forward your slides by Friday 10 June 2016.