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In the Desert Margins. The Settlement Process in the ancient South and East Arabia

Michel Mouton and Jérémie Schiettecatte 2014, L'ERMA di BRETSCHNEIDER, 334 pp., ISBN 978-88-913-0680-7



Ancient Arabia has promptly been pictured as a vast empty desert. Yet, for the last 40 years, by digging out of the sand buried cities, archaeological researches deeply reviewed this image.

From the second half of the 1st millennium BC to the eve of Islam in East Arabia, and as early as the 8th century BC in South Arabia, the settlement process evolved into urban societies.

This study aims at reviewing this process in South and East Arabia, highlighting the environmental constraints, the geographical disparities and the responses of the human communities to ensure their subsistence and to provide for their needs.

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