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Discovering Ancient Oman

Carinated cups

Assemblage Iron Age pottery with carinated cups (IMTO archive)

Salut, outer wall structure (US455)
Muscat, Office of the Adviser to HM the Sultan for Cultural Affairs
Ceramics; medium size of diameter: 8
Iron Age: 1300-1000 BC
 
Small carinated (and simple) cups like these are one of the most distinctive pottery shapes for southeast Arabia Iron Age, and peculiarly for Early Iron Age. Together with a number of spouted bowl (also in the picture), spouted jars and storage jars fragments, they were discovered buried inside one of the mudbrick walls compartments, which constitutes the inner structure of the great wall that encircles the site.
A radiocarbon date obtained from charred remains coming from the same contexts confirmed their chronology to be well before the end of the 2nd millennium BC. (MdE)