Author: Marcin Białowarczuk & Agnieszka Szymczak. Pages 25-31 from Proceedings of the Seminar for Arabian Studies Volume 49 2019 edited by Daniel Eddisford. PSAS. |
This paper concerns the prehistoric part of a project run by the Polish Centre of Mediterranean Archaeology and the Ministry of Heritage and Culture of Oman, in the micro-region of Qumayrah. The project, instigated in 2016, includes a survey, testing, and
excavations of selected sites. During two seasons of investigations, archaeological sites of varied chronology were recorded, three
of which were attested to late Stone Age occupation. The largest site (QA 2), although deflated, yielded a rich collection of lithics
found in the context of a stone hearth, a platform, and the remains of a shelter. The lithics included simple tools produced by
direct-scaled retouch, rare tanged projectile points made on flakes, and bifacial foliated pieces. Tubular beads of stone and shell
(including Akab-type beads), and worked seashells, attest to connections with coastal regions. The two other sites (QA 6 and QA
12) are less well preserved, but surface collection and limited testing yielded lithic collections, including tanged spear points. At
this stage, techno-typological analysis of materials is the only means of establishing a chronology of these sites. However, new
information from this region of Oman is significant considering the disproportion between the state of research at coastal areas
and inland territories.
Keywords: Neolithic, Oman, al-Hajjar mountains, campsites, lithics
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