Stone Technology in Arabia

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-94-007-3934-5_10043-1

The Importance of Arabia in Prehistory

Prehistoric research in the Arabian Peninsula is in its infancy, and it has long been treated as an empty spot on the archaeological world map. While information about Arabian prehistory is still relatively scarce, archaeological sites are, in fact, abundant. Archaeological sites are found in many places across Arabia, usually represented by stone tool industries. Arabia is a key geographic zone of the Old World, as it lies at the crossroads of three continents: Africa, Europe, and Asia. The Peninsula therefore plays a leading role for studying the worldwide expansion of early humans.

Archaeological surveys have been carried out in Arabia for more than half a century, revealing the existence of prehistoric sites spanning over a long time period, some perhaps extending back to more than one million years ago. Stone tools (also called lithics) represent the main kind of material objects found in archaeological sites. Based on the typology of stone...

Keywords

Archaeological Site Arabian Peninsula Marine Isotopic Stage Stone Tool Tool Form 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.UMR 5133 ‘Archeorient’Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, CNRS - Maison de l’Orient et de la MéditerranéeLyonFrance
  2. 2.School of ArchaeologyUniversity of OxfordOxfordUK