Editors’ Foreword (Vol. 50, Supplement)


  • Knut Bretzke Eberhard-Karls-Universität Tübingen
  • Rémy Crassard CNRS, UMR 5133 Archéorient, Maison de l’Orient et de la Méditerranée, Lyon
  • Yamandú H. Hilbert Friedrich-Alexander Universität


Stone tools, Foreword


During the Seminar for Arabian Studies in July 2019 in Leiden, a special one-day session on the Stone Tools of Prehistoric Arabia was held. It gathered sixteen participants who delivered twenty-minute papers, with a broader attendance by the other participants of the Seminar. The present Supplement to Volume 50 of the Proceedings of the Seminar for Arabian Studies is the result of this Leiden session, presenting twelve articles on the lithic materials recently found in Arabia, all having been peer-reviewed and edited by the co-organizers and external reviewers.


Bailey G.N., Devès M.H., Inglis R.H., Meredith-Williams M.G., Momber, G., Sakellariou … Alsharekh A.M. 2015. Blue Arabia: Palaeolithic and underwater survey in SW Saudi Arabia and the role of coasts in Pleistocene dispersals. Quaternary International 382: 42–57. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.quaint.2015.01.002

Boivin N., Fuller D.Q., Dennell R., Allaby R. & Petraglia M.D. 2013. Human dispersal across diverse environments of Asia during the Upper Pleistocene. Quaternary International 300: 32–47. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.quaint.2013.01.008

Bretzke K. & Conard N.J. 2017. Not just a crossroad: Population Dynamics and changing material culture in Southwestern Asia during the Late Pleistocene. Current Anthropology 58: S449-462. https://doi.org/10.1086/694077

Parton A., White T.S., Parker A.G., Breeze P.S., Jennings R., Groucutt H.S. & Petraglia M.D. 2015. Orbital-scale climate variability in Arabia as a potential motor for human dispersals. Quaternary International 382: 82–97. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.quaint.2015.01.005

Petraglia M.D. & Rose J.I. (eds). 2009. The Evolution of human populations in Arabia, vertebrate paleobiology and paleoanthropology. Dordrecht: Springer Netherlands. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-90-481-2719-1

Rose J.I. 2010. New light on human prehistory in the Arabo-Persian Gulf Oasis. Current Anthropology 51: 849–883. https://doi.org/10.1086/657397

Rose J.I., Černỳ V. & Bayoumi R. 2013. Tabula rasa or refugia? Using genetic data to assess the peopling of Arabia. Arabian Archaeology and Epigraphy 24: 95–101.

Rosenberg T.M., Preusser F., Fleitmann D., Schwalb A., Penkman K., Schmid T.W. … Matter A. 2011. Humid periods in southern Arabia: windows of opportunity for modern human dispersal. Geology 39: 1115–1118.

Tanaka J. 1982. Adaptation to arid environment: A comparative study of hunter-gatherers and pastoralists in Africa. African study monographs, Supplementary issue: 1–12.

Uerpmann H-P., Potts D.T. & Uerpmann M. 2009. Holocene (re-)occupation of eastern Arabia. Pages 205–214 in M.D. Petraglia & J.I. Rose (eds), The Evolution of human populations in Arabia. Dordrecht: Springer Netherlands.

Yellen J.E. 1977. Long term hunter-gatherer adaptation to desert environments: A biogeographical perspective. World Archaeology 8: 262–274.




How to Cite

Bretzke, K., Crassard, R., & Hilbert, Y. H. (2020). Editors’ Foreword (Vol. 50, Supplement). Proceedings of the Seminar for Arabian Studies, 50(2), i-viii. Retrieved from https://archaeopresspublishing.com/ojs/index.php/PSAS/article/view/1125

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