Anthropomorphic figurines from Area 2A of Sārūq al-Ḥadīd, Dubai, UAE
Keywords:Sārūq al-Ḥadīd, Iron Age, Copper, anthropomorphic figurines, ceremonial
During three archaeological seasons held in Area 2A of Sārūq al-Ḥadīd, Dubai, UAE, from January 2014 until April 2018, over twenty anthropomorphic copper figurines were found in Iron Age II archaeological contexts. These were mainly found in charcoal deposits, where pit-like structures used for combustion activities were found. They present no similarities with any other discovered anthropomorphic figurines as they are unique in style and shape. We believe this was a local production, taking place exclusively at Sārūq al-Ḥadīd, as no similar finds were found in the region. So far, their significance and use remain a mystery, but it is hoped that they will help us understand some of the ceremonial rituals that we believe were held at Sārūq al- Ḥadīd.
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Archaeopress Publishing, Oxford, UK