Friday, February 16, 2024

Landscapes of Death: Early Bronze Age Tombs and Mortuary Rituals on the Oman Peninsula

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The Archaeological Heritage of Oman 12

This book provides a comprehensive and detailed review of the evidence for Early Bronze Age mortuary rituals on the Oman Peninsula, describing the research conducted, synthesizing the resulting data, and presenting a complete view of the state of knowledge on the topic. The author demonstrates that the construction, use, and location of mortuary cairns in the ancient landscape is no simple question in the Early Bronze Age archaeology of the region. This book explores the characteristics of ancient funerary monuments and rituals, demonstrating variations in these practices, as well as evidence for continued cairn use during this period and how some communities elaborated mortuary rituals. This book will serve as an invaluable reference volume for scholars working in the region, as an introduction for students to mortuary archaeology and to models that can be used to explore this aspect of prehistoric life on the Oman Peninsula, and as a valuable repository of currently available data. The book features extensive demonstrative illustrations and appendices summarizing the architecture, interments, and material culture found in all published Early Bronze Age mortuary monuments in the region.

H 297 x W 210 mm

270 pages

109 figures, 11 tables, 20 spotlights (colour throughout)

Published Feb 2024

Archaeopress Archaeology


Paperback: 9781803275291

Digital: 9781803275307

DOI 10.32028/9781803275291



List of figures, tables and spotlights



1. Mortuary Ritual as a Reflection of Life

2. Mortuary Monuments: Cairns (3200–2700 BC)

3. Mortuary Monuments: Umm an-Nar Period Communal Tombs (2700–2000 BC)

4.  Evidence of Transitions

5. Early Bronze Age Death Practices and Bioarchaeological Analyses (3200-2000 BC)

6. Future Research and Recommendations





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