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Title: Worked and decorated shell discs from southern Arabia and the wider Near East
Contributor(s): Weeks, Lloyd  (author)orcid ; David‐Cuny, Hélène (author); Avanzini, Alessandra (author); Lischi, Silvia (author); Genchi, Francesco (author); Caputo, Francesco (author); Youssef Al Ali, Yaaqoub (author); Boraik, Mansour (author)
Publication Date: 2019-12
Early Online Version: 2019-06-28
DOI: 10.1111/aae.12126
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Field of Research (FoR) 2020: 430102 Archaeology of Asia, Africa and the Americas
430104 Archaeology of Europe, the Mediterranean and the Levant
Socio-Economic Objective (SEO) 2020: 280113 Expanding knowledge in history, heritage and archaeology
130702 Understanding Asia’s past
Abstract: This article presents and discusses a corpus of worked and decorated shell discs from recently excavated archaeological sites in southern Arabia, including Dibba (northern Oman), Saruq al-Hadid (UAE) and Sumhuram/Khor Rori (southern Oman). The artefacts are compared to a wide range of shell discs from controlled excavations in Arabia and the broader Near East in order to better understand their date, manufacture and use. The comparative study highlights the wide distribution of decorated shell discs across the ancient Near East, particularly during the early Iron Age, and the complex economic and cultural connections that underpinned the collection, crafting, exchange and significance of such items.
Publication Type: Journal Article
Source of Publication: Arabian Archaeology and Epigraphy, 30(2), p. 213-238
Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell Publishing, Inc
Place of Publication: United States of America
ISSN: 1600-0471
Peer Reviewed: Yes
HERDC Category Description: C1 Refereed Article in a Scholarly Journal
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School of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences

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