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Failaka / Dilmun (Hardback)

Volume 4 -- The Stone Vessels

Ancient History > Ancient Near East > Mesopotamia

Imprint: Aarhus University Press
Series: Jutland Archaeological Society Publications
Pages: 196
Illustrations: colour & b/w photos & illus
ISBN: 9788788415803
Published: 31st March 2014
Casemate UK Academic

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Excavations carried out by the Danish Moesgaard Museum on the island of Failaka in Kuwait in 1958-1963 produced a large collection of stone vessel fragments which have ever since puzzled scholars. The settlements excavated on Failaka, Tell F3 and Tell F6, belong to the 2nd millennium BC, but stone vessels of Série Ancienne and Umm an-Nar styles of the 3rd millennium BC are well represented in the Failaka collection. Besides vessels of Wadi Suq and Late Bronze Age styles there is a significant group of figurative decorated stone vessels in a style completely unknown from anywhere else in the region, which may throw light on the mid 2nd millennium Dark Age in South Mesopotamia. The Failaka stone vessel collection is presented in all its details, and the significance of the many different vessel styles is discussed in the context of recent developments in our understanding of Arabian Gulf archaeology.

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