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Title: From tentscape to landscape: a multi-scale analysis of long-term patterns of occupation in north-west Qatar
Authors: Carvajal López, Jose C.
Roberts, Kirk
Morabito, Laura
Rees, Gareth
Stremke, Frank
Marsh, Anke
Carter, Robert
al-Naimi, Faisal Abdullah
First Published: 5-Jul-2018
Presented at: Fifty-first meeting of the Seminar for Arabian Studies, British Museum, London
Start Date: 4-Aug-2017
End Date: 6-Aug-2017
Publisher: Archaeopress
Citation: Proceedings of the Seminar for Arabian Studies 48 (2018): 31–45, 2018
Abstract: This paper presents the main results of The Crowded Desert Project (TCD) survey during the 2017 season concerning the distribution, orientation, and strategic location of campsites in the area under study. After explaining the evidence recorded in the field, the article proposes an archaeological interpretation based on ethnographic models provided by Ferdinand (1993) and Montigny (1979; 1983; 1985), and on archaeological models advanced by Macumber (2016) and McPhillips, Rosendahl and Morgan (2015). Although ethnoarchaeology is criticized nowadays, it is suggested in this paper that a careful methodology built on the correlation of material evidence and relevant ethnographical data (e.g. Guérin 1994) can provide significant results to interpret the archaeological record of the area of study. The results provide interesting insights regarding the long-term continuity of the structural principles that guide the strategies of the design and location of nomadic campsites at least between AD 400–300 and the twentieth century.
ISSN: 0308-8421
ISBN: 978-1-78491-877-4
Version: Publisher Version
Status: Peer-reviewed
Type: Journal Article
Rights: Copyright © Archaeopress 2018. This version of the paper is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-Non Commercial-No Derivatives License (, which permits use and distribution in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited, the use is non-commercial and no modifications or adaptations are made.
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