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380 pages

Illustrated throughout in colour and black & white

Published Jun 2018



Paperback: 9781784918774

Digital: 9781784918781

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Arabian peninsualr; Arabian studies; anthropology; archaeology; architecture; art; epigraphy; ethnography; history; language; linguistics; literature; numismatics; theology

Proceedings of the Seminar for Arabian Studies 48

Proceedings of the Seminar for Arabian Studies Volume 48 2018

Papers from the fifty-first meeting of the Seminar for Arabian Studies held at the British Museum, London, 4th to 6th August 2017

Edited by Julian Jansen van Rensburg, Harry Munt, Tim Power, Janet Starkey


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Humanities studies on the Arabian Peninsular including anthropology, archaeology, architecture, art, epigraphy, ethnography, history, language, linguistics, literature, numismatics, theology, and more, from the earliest times to the present day or, in the fields of political and social history, to around the end of the Ottoman Empire.



Editors’ Foreword ; Bayt Bin Himd, a case study of a merchant’s house in old Jiddah (poster) – by Hidaya M. Abbas; Documenting the traditional architecture of Khatbah village in Saudi Arabia (poster) – by Aisha Alshehri; Liminality: narratives of identity on Abu Dhabi’s desert islands – by Marie-Claire Bakker & Mariam Yousef Alhammadi; Bahrah 1: eight years of excavations of an Ubaid culture-related settlement in the al-Sabiyyah desert (Kuwait) – by Piotr Bieliński; From tentscape to landscape: a multi-scale analysis of long-term patterns of occupation in north-west Qatar – by Jose C. Carvajal López, Kirk Roberts, Laura Morabito, Gareth Rees, Frank Stremke, Anke Marsh, Robert Carter & FayΒal ΚAbd Allāh al-NaΚīmī; Living in Madāin Sālih/Hegra during the late pre-Islamic period. The excavations of Area 1 in the ancient city – by Guillaume Charloux, Charlène Bouchaud, Caroline Durand, Yvonne Gerber & Jacqueline Studer; The origins of Abrahah’s cathedral and the Great Mosque — a water sanctuary of the old Arabian religion – by Werner Daum; Use of archival aerial photographs for archaeological research in the Arabian Gulf – by Richard N. Fletcher, Robert A. Carter & Frederick Nesta; Bridging the enclosure and the tower tomb: new insights from the Wādī Sharmā sites, north-west Arabia – by Sumio Fujii; The LCG2 complex at Dibbā (Musandam, Oman, II–I millennium BC): structural, material, and osteological elements – by Francesco Genchi, Luciano Fattore, Alessia Nava & Elena Maini; Magnetometer survey of a Hafit monumental complex, al-Khashbah, Sultanate of Oman (poster) – by Jason T. Herrmann, Jörg W.E. Faßbinder, Marion Scheiblecker, Philippe Kluge, Stephanie Döpper & Conrad Schmidt; New evidence of Iron Age ritual practices in central Oman: 2017 excavations in Mudmār East, near Ādam – by Mathilde Jean, Maria Paola Pellegrino & Guillaume Gernez; New light on Bronze Age trade in the Arabian Gulf: a Dilmun trading port on Sīr Banī Yās island, UAE – by Abdulla Khalfan Al Kaabi & Ali Abdul Rahman Al Meqbali; Results from the 2009–2016 excavation seasons in the historical centre of Dūmat al-Jandal, ancient Adummatu – by Romolo Loreto; The new archaeological joint project on the site of Qurayyah, north-west Arabia: results of the first two excavation seasons – by Marta Luciani & Abdullah S. Alsaud; Life and living conditions in north-west Arabia during the Bronze Age: first results from the bioarchaeological work at Qurayyah – by Marta Luciani, Michaela Binder & Abdullah S. Alsaud; Sea level and climatic influences on the occupation of Qatar and the Gulf during the Holocene period – by Phillip G. Macumber; The Neolithic of Sharbithāt (Dhofar, Sultanate of Oman): typological, technological, and experimental approaches – by Maria Pia Maiorano, Grégor Marchand, Jérémie Vosges, Jean-François Berger, Federico Borgi & Vincent Charpentier; The historical context of grave 58 (G58) from the Sināw area (al-Sharqiyyah, Sultanate of Oman): a warrior during the Samad Late Iron Age? (poster) – by Fausto Mauro; Women in Soqotri and Omani folklore – by Vitaly Naumkin & Leonid Kogan; The early Islamic glass from Sīr Banī Yās, UAE – by Matt Phelps, St John Simpson & Ian C. Freestone; Late Islamic fishing industry in the Gulf: the case of Kharā’ib al-Dasht, Jazīrat Faylakā (poster) – by Agnieszka Pieńkowska & Marta Mierzejewska; Routes across Arabia: pilgrimage routes from the region of the modern United Arab Emirates in historical context – by Fergus Reoch; The Thāj Archaeological Project: results of the first field season – by Jérôme Rohmer, Ahmad Al-Jallad, Mahmud al-Hajiri, Rozan Alkhatib Alkontar, Tara Beuzen-Waller, Paul Calou, Damien Gazagne & Kosmas Pavlopoulos; A tumulus cemetery on the north coast of Kuwait Bay: results of survey and excavation in the al-Sabiyyah region – by Łukasz Rutkowski; KALAM reloaded – by Ronald Ruzicka; Al-’Ayn Oases Mapping Project: al-Hīlī Oasis 2017 – by Peter Sheehan, Timothy Power & Omar Salem Al Kaabi; New data from th