Wind-towers and pearl fishing: architectural signals in the late nineteenth and early twentieth century Arabian Gulf

  title={Wind-towers and pearl fishing: architectural signals in the late nineteenth and early twentieth century Arabian Gulf},
  author={Ronald William Hawker and Daniel T. Hull and Omid M. Rouhani},
  pages={625 - 635}
In this exercise in early modern Islamic archaeology, the authors make an intriguing link between pearl fishing and the wind-towers which provided air-conditioning to the luxury apartments of the successful merchants. 

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