The Netherlands Institute for the Near East

Nederlands Instituut voor het Nabije Oosten  -  Institut néerlandais du Proche-Orient

10 Dec 15:00

Development of complexity in Early Bronze Age Oman. Recent investigations at Al-Khashbah

Stephanie Döpper

Van Wijkplaats 2, collegezaal 002

In spring 2015 the first season of archaeological research was conducted at the Early Bronze Age (3rd millennium BC) site of Al-Khashbah in the Sultanate of Oman. During this period, Oman, known as “Magan” in the cuneiform inscriptions from Mesopotamia, was engaged in intensive trade with regions that are today India, Pakistan, Iran, Iraq and the other states along the Persian-Arab Gulf. This is especially the case for Oman’s rich copper resources.

It has often been assumed that contact with the civilizations of Mesopotamia triggered the developments encountered in the second half of the 3rd millennium BC in Oman, such as the appearance of agriculture, monumental architecture and richly furnished graves. In Al-Khashbah, a team from the University of Tübingen, Germany, investigated in particular which role local processes played within this period of dynamic change.

Dr. S. Döpper is postdoc-gastonderzoeker aan de Faculteit Archeologie van de Universiteit Leiden.


Voertaal: Engels.

Locatie: Van Wijkplaats 2, collegezaal 002.

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