Marta LUCIANI


The Archaeology of North Arabia.
Oases and Landscapes

Proceedings of the International Congress held at the
University of Vienna, 5-8 December, 2013



ISBN 978-3-7001-8002-9
Print Edition
ISBN 978-3-7001-8086-9
Online Edition
OREA 4 
2016,  365 Seiten mit zahlr. Abb. 29,7x21cm, kartoniert
€  119,–   

Marta Luciani
is Professor of Ancient Near Eastern Archaeology and History at the Institute of Near Eastern Studies, University of Vienna.


The Archaeology of North Arabia: Oases and Landscapes provides us with the proceedings of the namesake international congress organised at the University of Vienna. Its rich list of contributions both on recent results of field activities and new considerations on different settlement patterns and historical and cultural processes within North Arabia makes this volume a state-of-the-art account of the multiple scholarly pursuits in the region.

The innovative topics are connected both to field research and interpretative anthropological approaches: from the oasis formation paradigm, the debate on crops, on local types of agriculture and water management systems in different desert and oases landscapes, and on the date of appearance of date palm cultivation, to funerary and ceremonial landscapes in their transition and transformation from the Chalcolithic to the Bronze and Iron Ages; from the ground-breaking presence of Syro-Levantine metal weapons in early second millennium BCE graveyards of the Northern Hejaz, the phenomenon of large-scale diffusion of oases-produced pottery wares, the attestation of chariots on rock art, and the challenges of modern-day archaeology and cultural resource management, down to the concept of environmental differentiation and identity, between mobility and connectivity.

New data and the multi- and transdisciplinary methodology espoused by the volume dramatically change our understanding of the social and cultural development, especially of social complexity, of an area often neglected in scholarly studies in the past. These proceedings, therefore, contribute substantially in positioning the archaeology of North Arabia into the broader perspective of the archaeology of the Ancient Near East, from the Neolithic to the pre-Islamic period and will hopefully become a standard work for understanding the Arabian Peninsula for years to come.

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Thema: prehistory
Marta LUCIANI


The Archaeology of North Arabia.
Oases and Landscapes

Proceedings of the International Congress held at the
University of Vienna, 5-8 December, 2013



ISBN 978-3-7001-8002-9
Print Edition
ISBN 978-3-7001-8086-9
Online Edition
OREA 4 
2016,  365 Seiten mit zahlr. Abb. 29,7x21cm, kartoniert
€  119,–   

Marta Luciani
is Professor of Ancient Near Eastern Archaeology and History at the Institute of Near Eastern Studies, University of Vienna.

Andrea Intilia
S.  175 - 256
Abstract:
First identified as an autonomous ceramic tradition more than 40 years ago on the basis of the results obtained by the preliminary survey of northwest Arabia, conducted by the University of London and by the Arabah Expedition, the Qurayyah Painted Ware (QPW; originally called ‘Midianite’ pottery) has been, since then, strictly associated with the Hejaz region (known in Biblical and later sources as Midian) in general and with the site of Qurayyah in particular. A date to the 13th–12th centuries BCE was established on the basis of the associated material form the Egyptian sanctuary at Timna (Site 200). Since then, the corpus of QPW has been steadily growing. Even if the eponymous site of Qurayyah from which the majority of the currently known material stems has not been systematically excavated yet, the mass of newly available data deriving from surveys, archaeological excavations and scientific analyses of the sherds allows a fresh look at the characteristics, distribution patterns and chronological framework of this pottery group.

Keywords:  Qurayyah Painted Ware, QPW, ‘Midianite’ pottery, northern Hejaz, northern Arabia, Late Bronze Age, Early Iron Age, Arabah, Timna, Faynan, Qurayyah, Tayma
Published Online:  2016/12/06 11:40:18
Document Date:  2016/11/30 10:09:00
Object Identifier:  0xc1aa5576 0x00349097

The Archaeology of North Arabia: Oases and Landscapes provides us with the proceedings of the namesake international congress organised at the University of Vienna. Its rich list of contributions both on recent results of field activities and new considerations on different settlement patterns and historical and cultural processes within North Arabia makes this volume a state-of-the-art account of the multiple scholarly pursuits in the region.

The innovative topics are connected both to field research and interpretative anthropological approaches: from the oasis formation paradigm, the debate on crops, on local types of agriculture and water management systems in different desert and oases landscapes, and on the date of appearance of date palm cultivation, to funerary and ceremonial landscapes in their transition and transformation from the Chalcolithic to the Bronze and Iron Ages; from the ground-breaking presence of Syro-Levantine metal weapons in early second millennium BCE graveyards of the Northern Hejaz, the phenomenon of large-scale diffusion of oases-produced pottery wares, the attestation of chariots on rock art, and the challenges of modern-day archaeology and cultural resource management, down to the concept of environmental differentiation and identity, between mobility and connectivity.

New data and the multi- and transdisciplinary methodology espoused by the volume dramatically change our understanding of the social and cultural development, especially of social complexity, of an area often neglected in scholarly studies in the past. These proceedings, therefore, contribute substantially in positioning the archaeology of North Arabia into the broader perspective of the archaeology of the Ancient Near East, from the Neolithic to the pre-Islamic period and will hopefully become a standard work for understanding the Arabian Peninsula for years to come.



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Verlag der Österreichischen Akademie der Wissenschaften
Austrian Academy of Sciences Press
A-1011 Wien, Dr. Ignaz Seipel-Platz 2
Tel. +43-1-515 81/DW 3402-3406, Fax +43-1-515 81/DW 3400
https://verlag.oeaw.ac.at, e-mail: verlag@oeaw.ac.at