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IMC 2019: Sessions

Session 1321: Jewish Craftspeople and Their Material Evidence, IV: Archaeological and Documental Evidence for Jewish Craftspeople

Wednesday 3 July 2019, 16.30-18.00

Organiser:Maria Stürzebecher, Kulturdirektion, Landeshauptstadt Erfurt
Moderator/Chair:Nahum Ben-Yehuda, Department of Land of Israel Studies & Archaeology, Bar-Ilan University, Ramat Gan
Respondent:Tanja Potthoff, MiQua, Landschaftsverband Rheinland (LVR) - Jüdisches Museum im Archäologischen Quartier, Köln
Paper 1321-aImmaterialized Materiality?: In Search for Jewish Craftsmen and Their Crafts in Medieval Navarre
(Language: English)
Anna Katarzyna Dulska, Instituto Cultura y Sociedad, Universidad de Navarra, Pamplona
Index terms: Archaeology - Artefacts, Daily Life, Hebrew and Jewish Studies
Paper 1321-bArchaeological Evidence for a Jewish Bakery in Erfurt?
(Language: English)
Karin Sczech, Thüringisches Landesamt für Denkmalpflege und Archäologie, Weimar
Index terms: Archaeology - Artefacts, Daily Life, Hebrew and Jewish Studies

Recent research showed there is more evidence for Jewish craftspeople in medieval Europe than previous studies assumed. Jews worked in different professions - not only within their community - and hence with a wide range of materials: ritual pure parchment was needed to create Torah scrolls and codices for the synagogue service, shofarot were made by ram's horns and goldsmiths handled precious materials like gold, silver or pearls. The sessions will focus on this wide range of topics from an interdisciplinary approach and discuss questions about legal conditions, ritual requirements and interactions with the Christian Environment.