Arabian Peninsula

The Italian Archaeological Mission in Yemen. Excavations at Barāqish/Yathill: The Temple of ʿAthtar dhu-Qabḍ and Extramural Areas

Ancient Yathill, known today as Barâqish (16° 01’ 06” N - 44° 48’ 16” E) in the Yemeni Jawf, was the second major city in the Kingdom of Ma‛în after the capital Qarnâw. Yathill’s Golden Age began in the 7th – 6th century BC, but its origins may go back as far as the 12th – 10th century BC. Yathill was situated along the frankincense Caravan route linking ports on the Indian Ocean to the Mediterranean Sea. Indeed, the Romans called the best incense on the market minaeum from the name of the Kingdom (Pliny the Elder, NH, XII, 54). Yathill is also mentioned by Strabo among the places...

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Excavations at Ra’s al-Jinz (Sultanate of Oman): The Coastal Sharquiyyah From the Neolithic to the Iron Age

The bay of Ra’s al-Jinz (Oman) constitutes a single archaeological compound, with a continuous occupational history from the 6th millennium BCE onwards. The main occupation, RJ-2, is one of the foremost Bronze Age settlements in the region, providing a well-documented sequence of over 500 years throughout the Umm an-Nar period (ca. 2500-2000 BCE). The monograph edited by V. Azzarà and G. Gernez will present the data of the French-Italian excavations conducted at Ra’s al-Jinz from 1985 to 2011, under the scientific direction of Serge Cleuziou† (University of Paris 1) and Maurizio Tosi (...

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