The Ras al-Jinz reloaded: resuming excavations at the edge of Arabia

Authors

  • Alexandre De Rorre
  • Jean-François Berger
  • Massimo Delfino
  • Jonathan M. Kenoyer
  • Elena Maini
  • Valentina Azzarà Leiden University

Keywords:

Oman, Umm an-Nar, Hafit, Settlement, Craft activities

Abstract

This paper presents the recent excavations at the previously unexplored site of RJ-3, in the bay of Ras al-Jinz, one of the key archaeological areas in the Omani Sharqiyah. During the Umm an-Nar period, RJ-3 most likely formed a single, large settlement with the nearby — and well known — site of RJ-2, located on the other side of the bay. Results of extensive excavations over two long field seasons suggest that RJ-3 was a function-specific area within this settlement, related to different sorts of craft activities. Moreover, a series of deep trenches reveals a stratigraphic sequence of over 2.5 m, quite exceptional in the coastal contexts of the area, and shows a long sequence of occupations, spanning from the Late Neolithic to the end of the Umm an-Nar period, and including the very beginning of the Bronze Age.

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Published

31/08/2020

How to Cite

De Rorre, A., Berger, J.-F., Delfino, M., Kenoyer, J. M., Maini, E., & Azzarà, V. (2020). The Ras al-Jinz reloaded: resuming excavations at the edge of Arabia. Proceedings of the Seminar for Arabian Studies, 50(1), 109–126. Retrieved from http://archaeopresspublishing.com/ojs/index.php/PSAS/article/view/290

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