New Light on Human Prehistory in the Arabo-Persian Gulf Oasis

  title={New Light on Human Prehistory in the Arabo-Persian Gulf Oasis},
  author={Jeffrey Rose},
  journal={Current Anthropology},
  pages={849 - 883}
  • Jeffrey Rose
  • Published 1 December 2010
  • Geography
  • Current Anthropology
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