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Life and Land Use on the Bahrain Islands

The Geoarchaeology of an Ancient Society

According to archeological and historical records, the Bahrain Islands of the Arabian Gulf were the home of a flourishing civilization four thousant years ago. Then, as now, these islands served as an important locus of maritime trade, but they were also characterized as a land of copious artesian springs and fertile fields. Modern Bahrain, in contrast, is beset by environmental and demographic problems: the depletion of the artesian water supply, abandonment of rural agricultural lands, and rapid population growth. In this exemplary interdisciplinary study, Curtis E. Larsen combines archeological, geological, historical, and anthropological methods to reconstruct the paleoenvironmental and socioeconomic context that links Bahrain’s present to its past.

362 pages | 6.75 x 9.25 | © 1983

Prehistoric Archeology and Ecology series

Archaeology

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
List of Tables
Series Editors’ Foreword
Preface
Acknowledgments
1. Introduction
2. Bahrain—The Present
3. Prehistory and History of Bahrain
4. Land Use Patterns
5. Environmental Perspectives
6. Geoarcheological Synthesis
Appendix I. Ceramic Analysis
Appendix II. Catalog of Archeological Sites
References
Index

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