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 1998
  • History
  • Bulletin of the American Schools of Oriental Research
During the early Islamic period, the port of Ayla, at the northeastern end of the Gulf of ʿAqaba, served as an important commercial center. This article surveys the archaeological evidence for early Islamic occupation in the southern Negev and the Arabah, a region that D. Whitcomb has referred to as Ayla's "hinterland." This evidence indicates that new settlements were established and flourished throughout the region during the 8th to 10th or 11th centuries. Their economic base included large… Expand
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