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A number of different designs were employed by the Franks in their urban and rural houses. In the cities the courtyard design, the predominant layout of houses in the Near East, appears to have been favoured. In some of the Frankish villages, notably in the street-villages around Jerusalem, the Western burgage plot design is typical. Most of the knowledge of urban house design comes from Acre where there are a large number of complete and partial surviving houses and where archaeological excavations are continually uncovering new examples. Knowledge of Frankish rural housing was for a long time limited to the examples excavated by Bagatti in the village of al-Qubaiba (Emmaus) in the early 1940s and to a largely unpublished group of isolated Frankish buildings occasionally referred to in the past as manor houses but perhaps better designated as rural estate centres, few of which have been excavated.

Keywords: Acre; al-Qubaiba (Emmaus); courtyard design; Frankish rural housing; Frankish urban housing; Jerusalem; Western burgage plot



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