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30.06.2017 News, Highlights

SUM17A preliminary report

During the first archaeological campaign of 2017 at Sumhuram excavations were carried out in three areas of the site. In Area F the investigations in the temple’s square are going on, with the main purpose of investigating the buildings below the square. In the eastern part of the city, Area G, a...
11.05.2017 News

Classical tradition and South Arabian culture: Lady Barʾat

Already in the III century BC traffic and trades between the Red Sea and the Indian Ocean opened Arabia Felix to the cultural influence of Hellenism. Traders and craftsmen begun spreading Hellenistic taste in South Arabia too. Hellenistic elements appeared there first in South Arabian statues,...
8.05.2017 News

Animal bones in MB2 at Khor Rori

A consistent amount of bones were brought to light in the isolated fortress near the Temple of Sin at Khor Rori, better know as Monumental Building 2 (see Report SUM14C). The analysis carried out on these bones have revealed that they were bones of uncommon animals, at least not found in the other...
4.05.2017 News, Highlights

Musterian and Neolithic artifacts at Al Hamr al-Sharqiya

The results of the latest excavation campaign at Al Hamr al-Sharqiya are of great importance. Indeed the Musterian artifacts found in the current investigation lead to date the occupation of the area back to the Pleistocene. Furthermore, a cluster of Neolithic artifacts suggests a more capillary...
3.05.2017 News, Highlights

By Land and by Sea. A history of South Arabia before Islam recounted from inscriptions

In our collective memory there still lies the Queen of Sheba, her journey to Jerusalem to meet the wise King Salomon, or the Arabia Felix with its fame associated in the classical world with frankincense and other precious aromas. Nevertheless the history of the Arabia Felix, the country of the...
23.03.2017 News, Highlights

Quaderni di Arabia Antica 5

The project ARABI collects narrative texts, both in Arabic and English translation, from classical Arabic literature and historiography concerning Pre-Islamic Arabia. This second volume focuses on the building of the glorious past of two Arab tribes, which played an important role in the seventh...
22.03.2017 News

Manufacture of metals at Sumhuram

During the archaeological campaign SUM17A at Sumhuram, new evidences of an intensive metal working have been brought to light. Two furnaces for the manufacture of iron have been discovered in the eastern part of the city, not distant from each other. They must be added to the other furnace for...
22.03.2017 News

A new site for IMTO

Two archaeological campaigns have already been carried out. The first one was aimed at defining the preliminary chronology of the Islamic settlement on the Eastern part of the promontory; the second at clarifying the origin and the layout of the main gate in the Northern wall. During the last...
7.03.2017 News

ERC Beyond the first 10 years

The conference, as part of the celebrations for the 10 years of the ERC foundation, is organized by the University of Pisa, coordinated by the Deputy Dean for International and European Research. It will focus on frontier research and the role it plays as engine of innovation and development, not...
17.02.2017 News, Highlights

A cosmopolitan city on the Arabian coast: the imported and local pottery from Khor Rori

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...
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