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H 290 x W 205 mm

194 pages

215 figures, 5 tables, 117 plates (colour throughout)

Published Nov 2022

Archaeopress Archaeology


Paperback: 9781803273266

Digital: 9781803273273

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Qidfa'; Wadi Suq; Late Bronze Age; Early Iron Age; Fujairah; Funeral Architecture; Chronology

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Qidfa‘ 1: Excavation of a Late Prehistoric Tomb, Fujairah Emirate, United Arab Emirates

By Walid Yasin Al Tikriti

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This volume presents results from the rescue excavations of the Qidfa’ 1 site, a multi-period tomb (Wadi Suq-Late Bronze /Early Iron Age). The richness of the discoveries demonstrates the wealth and significance of the culture of the 2nd millennium BC in southeast Arabia.



الملخص ;

Preface and Acknowledgments ;

Introduction ;

The Area Setting ;

History of Investigations in Fujairah Emirate Before Qidfaʿ 1 ;

Excavation at Qidfaʿ 1: The First Season ;
The Tomb Architecture ;
The Northern Burial Chamber Upper Tier ;
The Southern Burial Chamber Upper Tier ;

The Second Season ;
The Tomb Entrance ;
The Lower Burial Tier of Both Chambers ;

The Finds ;
Pottery Vessels from the Upper Burial Tier ;
Pottery from the Lower Burial Tier ;
Stone Vessels from the Upper Burial Tier ;
Truncated Conical Vessels in Stone ;
Rectangular Vessels in Stone ;
Beakers in Stone ;
Open-Mouthed Bowls in Stone ;
Stone Lids ;
Stone Vessels and Lids from the Lower Burial Tier ;
Copper-based Vessels ;
Ostrich Egg Shell ;
Metallic Miscellanea ;

Seal excavated from tomb Qidfaʿ 1, Fujairah, UAE ;

The Impact of Qidfaʿ 1 Excavations on the Archaeology of Fujairah ;

Conclusion and discussion ;

The Dental Remains ;
1. Description of the remains ;
2. Number of Individuals ;
3. Age at Death ;
4. Sex ;
5. Pathology ;
6. Archaeological Background ;

Plates ;

Appendix 1: Pottery vessels ;

Appendix 2: Stone vessels ;

Appendix 3: Copper-bronze vessels ;

Appendix 4: Miscellaneous ;


About the Author

Walid Yasin Al Tikriti (Ph.D. University of Cambridge, Trinity College 1982), a former head of the Archaeology Section at the Abu Dhabi Authority of Culture and Heritage, and a lecturer at the United Arab Emirates University, led and supervised a number of excavations at Bronze and Iron Age sites in the United Arab Emirates. He is author of several papers on the archaeology of the United Arab Emirates and on water heritage including a book on the falaj irrigation system (English and Arabic).