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A Thirteenth-Century Hall at Montfort Castle in Western Galilee

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An isolated building in the Wadi al-Qarn below the castle of Montfort has attracted the attention of travellers for over two centuries. Various explanations have been suggested for it. A detailed survey, however, carried out in September 1982, now allows its character to be understood more fully than hitherto. It is suggested that the earliest part of the structure was a mill-house, associated witha masonry dam built across the valley. This phase may be dated to the twelfth or thirteenth century before 1228, when it is possible to identify it with a mill dependent on the village of Trefile, which belonged at that date to the Teutonic Order. The second phase represents a domestic hall, built over the top of the mill-house, which then went out of use. The hall's architecture and masonry marks allow it to be associated with a later phase of the castle itself, datable to some period between 1229 and 1266. It is suggested that it was a guest house, dependent on the castle of the Teutonic Knights, and intended for the use of important secular or ecclesiastical visitors and their households.

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4 The site is now identified with the Crusader remains at Khirbat al-Manhata, lying just above the principal quarry (manhata) from which stone for building Montfort was taken. I am grateful to Dr Rafael Frankel for allowing me to mention his new identification here, and leave it to him to set out the details in his forthcoming monograph on the Archaeological Survey of Western Galilee.

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19 A partial survey of the castle was made by the Israel Dept. of Antiquities in1955 and a resulting plan published in Hubatsch, W., Montfort und die Bildung des Deutschenordensstaates im Heiligen Lande, Nachrichten der Akademie der Wissenschaften in Göttingen, i, Phil.-hist. Klasse, v (Göttingen, 1966),fig. 1Google Scholar. The survey is now being completed by Dr Rafael Frankel on behalf of the Archaeological Surveyof Israel. In addition to the references already cited, the following descriptions of the castle may also be noted: Rey, E. G., Étude sur les monuments de l';architecture militaire des Croisés en Syrie (Paris, 1871), 143–51, pl. xvGoogle Scholar; Guérin, V., Galilée, 2 vols., Description géogr., hist, et arch, dela Palestine, iii (Paris, 1880), ii, 52–8;Google ScholarConder, C. R. and Kitchener, H. H., The Survey of Western Palestine, Memoirs, 3 vols. (London, 18811883), i, 152,154,186–90Google Scholar, plan; Mastermann, E. W. G., ‘Avisit to the ruined castles of the Teutonic Knights‘, PEFQS (1919), 73–5;Google ScholarRange, P., ‘Montfort‘, Zeitschrift des Deutschen Paldstina-Vereins, lviii (1935), 84–9;Google ScholarMakhouly, N. and Johns, C. N., Guide to Acre (2nd edn., Jerusalem, 1946), 100–2;Google ScholarLangé, S., Architettura delle Crociate in Palestina (Como, 1965), 31-2, 42, 60, 108, 112-16, 185, figs. 43, 56-61Google Scholar; Benvenisti, op. cit. (note 3) 331–7; Prawer, Latin Kingdom (note 2), 308-12; Benvenisti, M., ‘Montfort‘,in Encyclopedia of Archaeological Excavations in the Holy Land, 4 vols., ed. Avi-Yonah, M. and Stern, E. (Oxford, 19751978), iii, 886–8Google Scholar.

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38 These mills are known today simply as at-Tawahin as-Sukkar (the Sugar Mills). Palestine Grid ref. 191.142. See Augustinović, A., Gerico e Dintorni: Guida (Jerusalem, 1951)Google Scholar; Benvenisti, op. cit. (note 3), 254-6; Abel, F.-M., ‘Exploration de la vallée du Jourdain’, Revue biblique, n.s. vii (1910), 532–54 (pp. 552-4)Google Scholar; Conder, and Kitchener, , op. cit. (note 19), iii, 221Google Scholar. Other mills are recorded south of the Dead Sea at Ghur as-Safi, the Crusader Segor or Palmaria Albright, W. F., ‘The archaeological results of an expedition to Moab and theDead Sea', Bull. American Schools of Oriental Research, xiv (1924), 2-12 (pp. 4-5, pl.)Google Scholar. An operational mill in the Wadi al-Qilt is illustrated in Fast, T., ‘el-Kelt, Wadi’, Mittheilungen und Nachrichten des Deutschen Paldstina-Vereins (1897), 21–8 (p. 25)Google Scholar.

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40 These mills are noted in the Geographical List of the Record Files, 1918-1948, Israel Dept. of Antiquities (Jerusalem, 1976), but have yet to receive serious study; in some cases it is already too late.

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