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A dugong bone mound: the Neolithic ritual site on Akab in Umm al-Quwain, United Arab Emirates

  • Sophie Méry (a1), V. Charpentier (a2), G. Auxiette (a3) and E. Pelle (a4)
Abstract

The authors present a remarkable site with a remarkable interpretation: a structured platform of dugong bones, containing skulls laid in parallel and ribs in sets, together with artefacts of the Neolithic period. They propose that the bones have been symbolically arranged and the mound as a whole had a ritual purpose – an interpretation endorsed by analogy with dugong platforms noted in the Torres Strait in recent times.

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