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Recently Discovered Bronze Bowls from ʻAmlah, al-Ẓāhirah Province and the Late Pre-Islamic

Yule, Paul

In: Baghdader Mitteilungen, 32 (2001), pp. 255-287.

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Abstract

In 1997 rescue operations in ʻAmlah, al-Ẓāhirah Province, brought to light four copper alloy bowls the decoration of which sheds light on the late Pre Islamic Period in this little explored part of south eastern Arabia. Here a site belonging to the Northern Late Pre Islamic Culture (NLPC), as known till now only from the United Arab Emirates, came to light unexpectedly. This find raises the question of the distribution and character of the different late Pre Islamic Assemblages in the region. At this still very early stage of research the distributions of the NLPC and Samad Assemblage appear not to be mutually exclusive, but rather mix with each other. The Sharqīyah is archaeologically the best researched part of the country. Here and in adjacent Dakhlīyah up to 47 sites of the Samad Assemblage have been tallied. The distribution and character of neighbouring late Pre Islamic Assemblages is sketchy. Whereas the new bowls reveal the art of the NLPC, for the Samad Assemblage still hardly any evidence exists. Least well known is the material culture of late Pre Islamic Dhofar.

Translation of abstract (German)

1997 brachten Rettungsgrabungen in ʻAmlah, al-Ẓāhirah Province vier Schüsseln aus Kupferlegierung zutage, die Licht in dieses wenig bekannte Teil Südost-Arabiens bringen. Die Fundstätte gehört der Northern Late Pre-Islamic Culture (NLPC), wie in den Vereinigten Arabischen Emiraten bekannt. Der Fund erhebt die Frage nach der Verbreitung und dem Charakter der verschiedenen Fundverbände der Region. Räumlich gesehen schließen sich die NLPC und der Samad-Fundverband nicht aus, sondern deren Verbreitungen überschneiden sich. Die meisten Fundstätten sind in der Ostprovinz entdeckt worden – dem best recherchierte Teil des Landes. Hier und im benachbarten sog. Hinterland (Dakhlīyah)sind bis 47 Fundstätten des Samad-Fundverbands gezählt worden. Über die Verbreitung und den Charakter benachbarter spätvorislamischer Verbände ist wenig bekannt. Obwohl die neuen Schalen die Kunst der NLPC beleuchten, liegt für den Samad-Fundverband wenig Beweismaterial vor. Am wenigsten bekannt ist die Materialkultur des spätvorislamischen Dhofar.

Document type: Article
Date Deposited: 07. Jan 2009 17:37
Faculties / Institutes: Research Project, Working Group > Individuals
DDC-classification: Plastic arts Sculpture
Subject (Propylaeum): Ancient Near Eastern Studies
Controlled Subjects: Oman, Ausgrabung, Funde, Kupfergefäß
Uncontrolled Keywords: Amlah, Samad, Spätvorislam, Dhufar, Amlah, Samad, late pre-Islam, Dhofar, Oman archaeology
Subject (classification): History of the ancient world to ca. 499
Sculpture, ceramics & metalwork
Countries/Regions: Other parts of ancient world (Antiquity)
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