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H 297 x W 210 mm

248 pages

164 figures, 7 tables (colour throughout)

Published Aug 2021

Archaeopress Archaeology


Paperback: 9781803270340

Digital: 9781803270357

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Fishing; Oman; Subsistence; Neolithic; Hunting; Arabia

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Prehistoric Fisherfolk of Oman: The Neolithic Village of Ras Al-Hamra RH-5

By Lapo Gianni Marcucci, Emilie Badel, Francesco Genchi

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Reports on excavations at the prehistoric site Ras Al-Hamra RH-5, located in the Qurum area of Muscat. The site dates from the late 5th to the end of the 4th millennia BC and comprises an accumulation of superimposed food discards deriving from continuous and repeated subsistence activities such as fishing, collecting shells, hunting and herding.



Introduction ;
1 Environmental Setting ;
2 Human Occupation at Qurum ;
3 Shell Middens and Ras Al-Hamra ;
4 Stratigraphy and Chronology ;
5 Settlement Structures ;
6 Activities ;
7 Material Culture ;
8 Mobility ;
9 Society ;
10 Demography ;
11 Comparisons ;
12 Conclusions ;
Bibliography ;

About the Author

Lapo Gianni Marcucci obtained his Ph.D in partnership between the University of Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne and the University of Bologna. Working in Oman since 1998 on the Neolithic and Bronze Age periods, he has directed various excavations including Ras Al-Hamra RH-5 and RH-6. ;

Emilie Badel is Associated Researcher at the Vepmo laboratory of French CNRS. She obtained her Ph.D from the University of Paris 1 Panthéon- Sorbonne. Badel specializes in the Neolithic and Bronze Age periods of the Near East and researches on technological revolution that has coincided with the emergence of complex societies, in particular for what concerns man-shaped bitumen assemblages. ;

Francesco Genchi is a Research Fellow at the Sapienza–University of Rome. He is a professional archaeologist specializing in stratigraphic excavation and 3D digital documentation, as well as in archaeological survey and landscape mapping.