Anthropomorphic figurines from Area 2A of Sārūq al-Ḥadīd, Dubai, UAE


  • Tatiana Valente
  • Fernando Contreras Rodrigo
  • Ahmed Mahmud
  • Yaaqoub Yousif Ali Al Ali
  • Mansour Boraik Radwan Karim


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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Valente, T., Contreras Rodrigo, F., Mahmud, A., Ali Al Ali, Y. Y., & Karim, M. B. R. (2019). Anthropomorphic figurines from Area 2A of Sārūq al-Ḥadīd, Dubai, UAE. Proceedings of the Seminar for Arabian Studies, 49, 283–292. Retrieved from

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