Marking the sacral landscape of a north Arabian oasis: a sixth-millennium BC monumental stone platform and surrounding burials

  title={Marking the sacral landscape of a north Arabian oasis: a sixth-millennium BC monumental stone platform and surrounding burials},
  author={Olivia Munoz and Marianne Cotty and Guillaume Charloux and Charl{\`e}ne Bouchaud and Herv{\'e} Monchot and C{\'e}line Marquaire and Antoine Zazzo and R{\'e}my Crassard and Olivier Brunet and Vanessa Boschloos and Thamer al-Malki},
  pages={601 - 621}
Abstract Abstract Prehistoric stone structures are prominent and well-studied in the Levantine desert margins. In northern Arabia, however, such structures have received less attention. This article presents the results of investigations of a 35m-long stone platform, first constructed in the mid sixth millennium BC, overlooking the oasis of Dûmat al-Jandal in northern Saudi Arabia. Excavation of the platform has yielded bioarchaeological and cultural remains, along with evidence for several… 

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