Comparision of Fish Habit and Exploitation—A Comparison of Two Third-Millennium BCE Sites in the Arabian Gulf Region
Author(s): William Belcher
This is an abstract from the "SAA 2019: General Sessions" session, at the 84th annual meeting of the Society for American Archaeology.
During the third millennium BCE, one of the earliest civilizations emerged in South Asia, the Indus Valley Tradition/Civilization. It had a trade network that spread throughout the Persian and Arabian Gulf, including sites on the Omani coast. This paper will compare two sites, Balakot on the Makran coast of Pakistan associated with the Indus Valley Civilization and a third millennium BCE site of the Namm-an-Nar Culture in Oman, Ras al' Hadd (HD-1). Both sites have extensive fish remains and both seem to have been involved in the trade of fish. This paper will compare and contrast reconstruction of fish technology, procurement, and seasonality based on macro- and micro-environmental analysis of fish habitat. Additionally, some preliminary assessment of processing, related to dried fish trade, will be examined in order to assess the possibility that dried fish trade was an important part of the trade within the Arabian/Persian Gulf region of the third millennium BCE era.
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Comparision of Fish Habit and Exploitation—A Comparison of Two Third-Millennium BCE Sites in the Arabian Gulf Region. William Belcher. Presented at The 84th Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Albuquerque, NM. 2019 ( tDAR id: 449265)
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Asia: Southwest Asia and Levant
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Abstract Id(s): 22792