Joint Middle East Department/Palestine Exploration Fund lecture series
The walls of medieval Ascalon

Thursday 7 November 2013,

Free, just drop in, limited seating

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Ascalon is perhaps best known as one of the cities of the Philistines mentioned in the Bible, but in the Middle Ages it was a strongly fortified town, controlling the routes between Syria and Egypt.

Unoccupied since the mid-13th century, extensive excavations have taken place there since the late 1980s by the Leon Levy expedition.

Denys Pringle, Cardiff University, joined them in 2008 for a collaborative project to study these massive walls. Using the results and setting them in the context of significant events of the period, Professor Pringle will unravel the complex history of the medieval fortifications, from their original construction through the numerous phases of construction, destruction, rebuilding and modification.

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Ascalon: Photograph of the Medieval Ramparts. Courtesy of Denys Pringle, Cardiff University.