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H 297 x W 210 mm

270 pages

109 figures, 11 tables, 20 spotlights (colour throughout)

Published Feb 2024

Archaeopress Archaeology


Paperback: 9781803275291

Digital: 9781803275307

DOI 10.32028/9781803275291

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Arabia; Oman; Mortuary Rituals; Antiquities; Bronze Age

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This book provides a comprehensive and detailed review of the evidence for Early Bronze Age mortuary rituals on the Oman Peninsula, describing the research conducted, synthesizing the resulting data, and presenting a complete view of the state of knowledge on the topic.



List of figures, tables and spotlights



1. Mortuary Ritual as a Reflection of Life

2. Mortuary Monuments: Cairns (3200–2700 BC)

3. Mortuary Monuments: Umm an-Nar Period Communal Tombs (2700–2000 BC)

4.  Evidence of Transitions

5. Early Bronze Age Death Practices and Bioarchaeological Analyses (3200-2000 BC)

6. Future Research and Recommendations




About the Author

Kimberly D. Williams is Associate Professor and Chair in the Department of Anthropology at Temple University, Philadelphia (USA). Dr. Williams received her PhD from The Ohio State University in 2005 and conducted postdoctoral research in genetic epidemiology at Wright State University. Her reseach span the fields of genetics, human biology, bioarchaeology, and mortuary archaeology. In 2015-2017 she joined the Sultan Qaboos University with a Fulbright award. Dr. Williams has been conducting research in the Sultanate of Oman since 2008, excavating funerary monuments in Dhofar, Al-Dhahirah and Al-Batinah.