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A Medieval Trade Entrepot at Khor Rori? The Study of the Islamic Ceramics from Al-Hamr Al-Sharqiya

A Medieval Trade Entrepot at Khor Rori? The Study of the Islamic Ceramics from Al-Hamr Al-Sharqiya

By Rougelle Axelle

Khor Rori Report Vol.2 (2007) 

Abstract: In the course of the excavations at Khor Rori in Dhofar, ancient Sumhuram, the Italian Mission to Oman directed by A. Avanzini opened some soundings in a small site located on top of al-Hamr al-Sharqiya, a small rocky plateau at the mouth of the Wâdî Darbat, ca 500m downstream from Khor Rori. The study of the ceramics discovered in the two excavated areas indicates that this small fortified settlement was probably a medieval trading entrepôt with two different chronological phases, the first one dated to the first half or the middle of the 10th century, the second to the end of the 10th and/or the beginning of the 11th century.

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