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New Objects, Old Trade: 19th-and 20th-century European Ceramics and Glass in Al Ain, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

Author(s): Alasdair Brooks ; Omar Al-Kaabi ; Timothy Power ; Peter Sheehan

Year: 2015

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Summary

Historical archaeology has often examined the role of material culture within the new and increasingly globalised trade networks brought about by European colonial and economic expansion in the post-1500 period. The 19th- and 20th-century European ceramics and glass recovered in the inland oasis city of Al Ain, in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, do not necessarily indicate that the arrival of new European material culture types are associated with the replacement or wholesale transformation of trade routes within the Gulf region, but instead offer insights into how European goods from this period interfaced with long-lasting and often resilient trans-continental Indian Ocean trade routes that pre-dated Vasco de Gama's arrival in the region in 1498, and which in some cases have continued to the present day.


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New Objects, Old Trade: 19th-and 20th-century European Ceramics and Glass in Al Ain, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. Alasdair Brooks, Omar Al-Kaabi, Timothy Power, Peter Sheehan. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Seattle, Washington. 2015 ( tDAR id: 433973)


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Temporal Keywords
19th & 20th Centuries


Spatial Coverage

min long: 51.584; min lat: 22.7 ; max long: 56.374; max lat: 26.066 ;

Record Identifiers

PaperId(s): 214

Arizona State University The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation National Science Foundation National Endowment for the Humanities Society for American Archaeology Archaeological Institute of America