Early Islamic Settlement in the Southern Negev

  title={Early Islamic Settlement in the Southern Negev},
  author={Uzi Avner and Jodi Magness},
  journal={Bulletin of the American Schools of Oriental Research},
  pages={39 - 57}
  • U. Avner, J. Magness
  • Published 1 May 1998
  • History
  • Bulletin of the American Schools of Oriental Research
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