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A comparative study of pottery from a site in the Al-Kharj Valley, central Arabia.

Al-Ghazzi, Abdulaziz Saud; (1992) A comparative study of pottery from a site in the Al-Kharj Valley, central Arabia. Doctoral thesis (Ph.D), UCL (University College London). Green open access

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The present thesis is devoted to a comparative study on a pottery corpus from site 207-30 (according to Saudi Arabian Dept. of Antiquities No.), located in the al-Kharj valley. It contains 840 archaeological objects obtained through a fieldwork accompanied by excavations. For the study of these objects, the thesis is divided into six chapters. Chapter 1 contains two parts aiming at presenting the site in a clear geographical setting. Chapter 2 contains two parts dealing with the occupation of the area in order to establish a periodization of the site. Chapter 3 deals with the actual fieldwork in six parts. Part 1 deals with directly relevant points to the site. Part 2 introduces the excavations and their stratigraphies. Part 3 deals with the relative chronologies of the stratigraphies. Part 4 introduces an overall stratigraphy of the site. Part 5 contains the classification and phasing of the excavated objects. Part 6 deals with a Cross-Referring the excavated pottery types to .the surface ones. Chapter 4 deals with the classification and comparative study of different objects from the site. Chapter 5 deals with the classification of the pottery corpus. Chapter 6 deals with the comparative study of the pottery corpus in two parts. Part 1 introduces the sources of published pottery from Saudi Arabia. Part 2 contains the comparative study on the pottery types established in chapter 5. Finally, the conclusion is written; followed by the bibliography, verbal description of the objects, maps, plans, sections, figures and the drawings of the objects. As the result, the site is to be identified with the ancient settlement of al-Khadramah, forming a main part of the Central Province occupational periods, dating to the third Millennium B.C., flourishing in the first Millen¬nium B.C., detoriorating from A.D. 300, totally deserted in the fifth A.H./twelfth A.D. centuries; and never occupied thereafter. The objects show links with the other parts of Arabia; but closely related to the Eastern, Northern and Northwestern ones.

Type: Thesis (Doctoral)
Qualification: Ph.D
Title: A comparative study of pottery from a site in the Al-Kharj Valley, central Arabia.
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
Language: English
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10116046
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