The Farasan Islands, Saudi Arabia: Towards a Chronology of Settlement
Cooper, John P.
Arabian Archaeology and Epigraphy
Reason for embargo
An archaeological survey of Saudi Arabia's Farasan Islands in May 2010 recorded a broad range of sites that have not previously been documented. The survey concentrated on Greater Farasan and Segid islands, and comprised a rapid recording of sites shown to the authors by representatives of the Saudi Commission for Tourism and Antiquities. The sites were photographed, their positions logged, sketch drawings made of the principal features and surface pottery drawn and photographed. Detailed drawings were made of a stone anchor and a well with possible Ancient South Arabian carved decoration. The sites visited included settlements, wells, cemeteries and a cave. Several sites included the remains of buildings made of massive ashlar blocks, as well as others of rubble-stone construction. Datable material at the sites points to several periods of occupation, from the early first millennium BC to early modern times. Some locations were characterised by long periods of settlement. Apart from the findings of this survey, most of the sites remain largely uninvestigated, and suggest significant potential for future research into settlement on the archipelago, as well as into past maritime activity and technology in the southern Red Sea region and beyond.
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This is the peer reviewed version of the following article: Cooper, J. P. and Zazzaro, C. (2014), The Farasan Islands, Saudi Arabia: towards a chronology of settlement. Arabian Archaeology and Epigraphy, 25: 147–174, which has been published in final form at 10.1111/aae.12046. This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance with Wiley Terms and Conditions for Self-Archiving: http://olabout.wiley.com/WileyCDA/Section/id-820227.html#terms
Vol. 25 (2), pp. 147 - 174