Umm an-Nar pottery assemblages from Bāt and al-Zībā and their functional contexts

Authors

  • Conrad Schmidt
  • Stephanie Döpper

Keywords:

Bāt, al-Zībā (Zebah), Umm an-Nar period, grave and non-grave pottery, homogeneous material culture

Abstract

The sites of Bāt and al-Zībā (Zebah) in the Sultanate of Oman offer a range of different archaeological features dating to the Umm an-Nar period. In this paper we present the pottery assemblages from two burial pits detected just outside a group of Umm an-Nar tombs in the necropolis of Bāt, from the monumental Building II in Area at Bāt, and from two house complexes in al-Zībā, which were all excavated by the University of Tūbingen between 2010 and 2015. By comparing the assemblages with each other, it will be demonstrated that there is a clear distinction in shapes, wares, and decorations between the burial pits, on the one hand, and Building II and al-Zībā, on the other. We argue, therefore, for a functional difference between grave and non-grave pottery in the Umm anNar period. Furthermore, we show that the Umm an-Nar pottery is astonishingly homogeneous in the whole of the northern Oman peninsula and discuss its implications for the understanding of the social structure at that time.

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Published

01/06/2016

How to Cite

Schmidt, C., & Döpper, S. (2016). Umm an-Nar pottery assemblages from Bāt and al-Zībā and their functional contexts. Proceedings of the Seminar for Arabian Studies, 46, 247–263. Retrieved from https://archaeopresspublishing.com/ojs/index.php/PSAS/article/view/1257

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