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Title: The walls of medieval Zuwila
Authors: Mattingly, DJ
Daniels, CM
Sterry, MJ
Edwards, DN
First Published: 3-Sep-2015
Publisher: Cambridge University Press (CUP): HSS Journals
Citation: Libyan Studies, 2015, 46, pp. 35-56
Abstract: The walls of Zuwila constitute one of the most impressive defensive enceintes among Libyan Saharan oasis towns, but hitherto their construction date has been uncertain. A new AMS radiocarbon date now offers the strongest support for an association with the establishment of the Banu Khattab dynasty at Zuwila in the early tenth century AD, as some previous commentators had suspected. The walls relate to a fortress of approximately 4.5 hectares built on the north flank of an already long-established Saharan town. No detailed account of these walls has ever been published before, though Charles Daniels did carry out a survey of them in 1968 and a summary description was included in the work of the Fazzan Project. Now that these walls can be more securely dated, a full description is merited. The present study is partly based on the unpublished notes and photographs of Charles Daniels. The walls of Zuwila can now firmly be included among Libya’s most important medieval monuments.
DOI Link: 10.1017/lis.2015.5
ISSN: 0263-7189
eISSN: 2052-6148
Version: Post-print
Status: Peer-reviewed
Type: Journal Article
Rights: Copyright © The Society for Libyan Studies 2015. All rights reserved. This the version of the article that has been accepted for publication in Libyan Studies. It may have been revised following peer review but may be subject to further editorial input by Cambridge University Press. Archived in accordance with the publisher's Green Open Access policy, available at
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