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Le sanctuaire de ‘Athtar dhû-Risâf d’as-Sawdâ’

Jean-François Breton (ed.) 2011, L'ERMA di BRETSCHNEIDER, 224 pp., ISBN: 978-88-8265-707-9

This volume presents the results of the French 1988-1990 archaeological excavations in the extra-muros temple of as-Sawdâ’, dedicated to ‘Athtar dhû-Risâf.

This is one of the few structures in the Jawf that underwent regular excavations, providing important chronological, architectural and historical-artistic data.

 A detailed analysis of the following fields is provided: the structure of the building, the architectural decorations, the inscriptions, the material, the stone work, the pottery.

A reconstruction of the history of the building is drawn.

One of the main results is the dating of the inscriptions on the gate of the temple around the end of the IX cent. BC. They are probably, to date, the most archaic South Arabian monumental epigraphic texts.

The volume is enriched by 140 illustrations, which include plans, drawings of decorations and pottery, photographs and watercolour paintings of the structure of the temple.

L'Erma di Bretschneider editore



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