Umm an-Nar settlement pottery from Dahwa 7 (DH7), northern al-Batinah, Oman

Khaled A. Douglas, Nasser S. Al-Jahwari*, Sophie Méry, Mohamad Hesein, Kimberly D. Williams

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Abstract

This research focuses on studying the pottery sherds collected in the period 2018–19 from settlement DH7 in the northern al-Batinah region in north-eastern Oman. The material mainly comes from stratified contexts from the largest building at the settlement, building S42, whose function is interpreted as a warehouse. Three main classes of pottery are recognised: The Indus red micaceous ware, the Umm an-Nar fine red ware and the Dahwa sandy buff ware. Compared with most of the other known Umm an-Nar settlements, the black-slipped jars (Indus red micaceous ware) are clearly over-represented at DH7. Intriguingly, local pottery Dahwa sandy buff ware shows a typical Indus rim form. This is presumably a result of existing Indus potters in the al-Batinah region who adapted to the local market. Radiocarbon dating places the beginning of the occupation of settlement DH7 to c.2500 cal. BCE. Such a date accords well with the results of stylistic comparisons of DH7 pottery with other sites of the Umm an-Nar period.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)198-212
Number of pages15
JournalArabian Archaeology and Epigraphy
Volume32
Issue numberS1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2021
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • al-Batinah
  • Dahwa DH7
  • Indus potters
  • pottery
  • settlement
  • Umm an-Nar

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Archaeology
  • Arts and Humanities(all)

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