The middle and late bronze age in central Oman: new insights from Tawi Said, Al-Mudhairib and the Wilayat al-Mudhaybi

  • Significant changes in the material culture, subsistence and mode of life are associated with the Middle (c. 2000–1600 BCE) and Late Bronze Ages (c. 1600–1300 BCE) in Eastern Arabia. Since first excavations in the 1970s, research has focused on the United Arab Emirates, where all major sites of this period known to date are situated. This birthed the idea of two different lines of development in the second millennium BC. While a more gradual change is assumed for the United Arab Emirates, Central Oman was regarded as having completely abandoned settled agricultural life, returning to a less complex social organisation. This article presents new evidence from Tawi Said, Al-Mudhairib and the Wilayat al-Mudhaybi that shows that the developments in both regions were more akin to each other than previously assumed. This encourages us to reconsider our assumptions about Central Oman’s social complexity during this pivotal period of Oman’s history.

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Author:Stephanie Döpper
Parent Title (English):Arabian archaeology and epigraphy
Place of publication:Copenhagen
Document Type:Article
Date of Publication (online):2021/03/29
Date of first Publication:2021/03/29
Publishing Institution:Universitätsbibliothek Johann Christian Senckenberg
Release Date:2021/07/26
Tag:Central Oman; Late Bronze Age; Wadi Suq period; settlement sites; tombs
Issue:Online Version of Record before inclusion in an issue
Page Number:15
First Page:1
Last Page:15
Institutes:Sprach- und Kulturwissenschaften
Dewey Decimal Classification:9 Geschichte und Geografie / 93 Geschichte des Altertums (bis ca. 499), Archäologie / 930 Geschichte des Altertums bis ca. 499, Archäologie
Licence (English):License LogoCreative Commons - Namensnennung-Nicht kommerziell 4.0