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A comparative study of pottery from Arabia in the pre-Islamic period 500 BC to AD 600

Gazdar, MSMY; (1982) A comparative study of pottery from Arabia in the pre-Islamic period 500 BC to AD 600. Doctoral thesis , University of London. Green open access

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No overall comparative study has yet been made of the pottery of the pre-Islamic period from Arabia, and the present thesis is a preliminary attempt in this direction, based primarily on the material excavated at the site of Zubaida, Qasim District. Pottery from other sites in the Eastern and Central Provinces of Saudi Arabia, from North and South Yemen, and from Bahrain has also been studied, some by means of publications only but wherever possible through the actual handling of the material. Pottery from South East Arabia has, for a number of reasons, had to be excluded from the study. The pottery has been classified into 119 Form Types and 11 Ware Types, many of which are further divided into sub-types. The Types are discussed under each excavated or surveyed site, the sites then grouped into Ceramic Regions, and each region then discussed separately, to try and establish its ceramic characteristics. All of the pottery from Zubaida is described and discussed in the Catalogue and illustrated by drawings at a scale of 1:4 in the Plates. Some samples of pottery from a number of sites have been petrographically analysed, and are discussed and illustrated in this thesis. By way of summary, the overall distribution of the different Form and Ware Types is discussed, as well as the similarities and dissimilarities between the various Ceramic Regions of the Peninsula. It can thus be demonstrated that the various regions had, on the one hand, their own distinctive pottery typology but, on the other, were influenced throughout history to a lesser or greater degree by the cultures of their neighbouring regions.

Type: Thesis (Doctoral)
Title: A comparative study of pottery from Arabia in the pre-Islamic period 500 BC to AD 600
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
Language: English
Additional information: Thesis digitised by EThOS.
UCL classification: UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS > Institute of Archaeology
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1546157
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