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Lithics from the Emirates: the Abu Dhabi Airport sites

Heiko Kallweit
Proceedings of the Seminar for Arabian Studies
Vol. 34, Papers from the thirty-seventh meeting of the Seminar for Arabian Studies held in London, 17-19 July 2003 (2004), pp. 139-145
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/41223812
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Abstract

The lithic artefacts from the Abu Dhabi Airport [ADA] sites show differences in terms of their distribution. While ADA 1 and ADA 7 are covered by lithics made of both imported and local raw materials, the local grey translucent flint is overwhelmingly predominant at ADA 2. This local flint, naturally occurring in the form of tabular pieces embedded in Tertiary calciferous layers, can be found along large stretches of the Abu Dhabi coast. The most interesting items in the lithic assemblage are tiny crescent-shaped microliths. These backed crescents are about 10 mm long. Similar tools are known from Marāwah island and Oman. Another important find from the 2002 season is a stemmed and winged arrowhead with a characteristic base to the wings. Similar types are described from Bidaʿ al-Muṭāwwah and several sites inside the Rubʿ al-Khāïī. As a whole, the assemblage from the ADA sites shows affinities with other coastal sites along the Arabian Gulf as well as with those from further inland.

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