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Quaderni di Arabia Antica 4

The urban shrine in Quarter A at Sumhuram. Stratigraphy, Architecture, Material Culture


After 20 years of research and excavation conducted by the Italian Mission to Oman, the ancient South Arabian port of Sumhuram is known in many of its aspects.

The 4th issue of Quaderni di Arabia Antica is dedicated to the urban shrine, placed in Quarter A, the residential quarter. The diachronic evolution of this small shrine, which suggests a phasing that mirrors all the different periods of the city life, is discussed.

The artifacts discovered during the excavation are illustrated, both in relation with their stratigraphic context and in a separated catalogue. A fruitful interaction between the South Arabian tradition and an indigenous substratum is reflected in these items, as well as in several architectural features.

The shrine, likely dedicated to the moon god Sn, was undoubtedly a relevant place for the community life throughout the more than seven hundred years of its existence. For this reason, the shrine has been chosen as the subject of this new publication about Sumhuram.

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