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Title: The Crowded Desert: a multi-phase archaeological survey in the north-west of Qatar
Authors: Lopez, Jose C. Carvajal
Morabito, Laura
Carter, Robert
Fletcher, Richard
al-Naimi, Faisal Abdullah
First Published: 2016
Presented at: 47th Meeting of the Seminar for Arabian Studies, London, England
Start Date: 24-Jul-2015
End Date: 26-Jul-2015
Publisher: Archaeopress
Citation: Proceedings of the Seminar for Arabian Studies, 2016, 46, pp. 45-61 (17)
Abstract: This paper introduces the conception, development, and results of the first campaign of the Crowded Desert Project, an archaeological survey of the area of Mulayhah (aka Mleiha), Umm al-Ma in north-west Qatar. The project aims to develop basic research on desert settlement and on processes of nomadism and sedentarization over a long timescale in Qatar. The first season has focused on two areas, the most important of which is the Mulayhah Depression, a geological silt trap with a well, around which there is documented occupation ranging from the Hellenistic period up to the present day. As expected, the seasonal flooding of the depression can offer potential stratigraphic sequences that can be combined with other methods of dating to establish a basic sequence of occupation of the area. In the survey more than 600 features were mapped, including campsites, Islamic and pre-Islamic cemeteries, and mosques of different sizes. This is the first multi-phasic intensive survey of the area in which an attempt to offer a long-term interpretation of settlement patterns has been undertaken.
ISSN: 0308-8421
ISBN: 978-1-78491-363-2
Version: Publisher Version
Status: Peer-reviewed
Type: Conference Paper
Rights: Copyright © Archaeopress 2016. 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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