Manayzah, early to mid-Holocene occupations in Wādī Ṣanā (Ḥaḍramawt, Yemen)

Abstract : Discovered during the 2004 campaign of the RASA Project in the province of ДaΡramawt, Yemen, Manayzah is an early to midHolocene site exceptional for its deep and well-preserved occupational stratigraphy, an unparalleled corpus of stone tools, numerous animal bones, clearly defined activity and dwelling areas, as well as elements of stone and shell jewellery. Lithic industries are widely diversified with worked obsidian, bifacial arrowheads, and numerous other tool types. The fluting technique appears in stratigraphic contexts and is now dated to the seventh millennium BP by radiocarbon assay on associated organic material. In the 2005 winter season, RASA archaeologists initiated an open-area excavation and added much archaeological data for spatial analysis and lithic studies, which focused on debitage modalities and tool shaping. The study of features (such as hearths, pits, and post holes) promises valuable insight into the social organization of mid-Holocene populations in ДaΡramawt. This prehistoric occupation site is the first of its kind in Yemen in terms of quality, diversity, and quantity of artefacts, and is especially remarkable for the associations of bones and lithics. This new data set offers crucial progress towards redefining the socalled "Neolithic" period in southern Arabia, particularly in terms of economic activities. What follows is a preliminary report on the site, and current research.
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Proceedings of the Seminar for Arabian Studies, Archaeopress, 2006, 36, pp.151-173. 〈http://www.archaeopress.com/ArchaeopressShop/Public/displayProductDetail.asp?id=〉
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Rémy Crassard, Joy Mccorriston, Eric Oches, Abdalaziz Bin 'Aqil, Julien Espagne, et al.. Manayzah, early to mid-Holocene occupations in Wādī Ṣanā (Ḥaḍramawt, Yemen). Proceedings of the Seminar for Arabian Studies, Archaeopress, 2006, 36, pp.151-173. 〈http://www.archaeopress.com/ArchaeopressShop/Public/displayProductDetail.asp?id=〉. 〈hal-01828423〉

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