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Arabia Antica 12

Pavan, A. (with a contribution by R. Tomber). A cosmopolitan city on the Arabian coast: the imported and local pottery from Khor Rori. Roma: L'Erma di Bretschneider, 2017


The ancient port of Sumhuram, investigated by IMTO from 1996, is situated about 35 km east of the modern city of Salalah, in Dhofar, the southernmost region of the Sultanate of Oman.

The settlement was built on a rocky outcrop dominating the Khor Rori lagoon, about 2 km from the seashore. It site was founded in the 3rd century BC and abandoned in the 5th century AD.

Throughout its long history, Sumhuram was involved in an international network of commercial trades and contacts. Relations with Yemen, India, the Gulf, Egypt and the Mediterranean are attested by numerous small findings and a large amount of ceramic vessels.

 

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