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Evidence for deep-sea fishing and cultural identity during the Neolithic period at Akab Island, Umm al-Qaiwain, United Arab Emirates

Abstract : Analysis of the fish bones from the 5th millennium BC settlement on Akab Island in Umm al-Qaiwain emirate in the United Arab Emirates provides evidence of open ocean fishing. The discovery of numerous bones of tuna, as well as the presence of shell fish hooks at the site, suggests that fishing was at least part of the time carried out from boats in the open sea, beyond the shallow waters of the local lagoon. Some fishing was also carried on in these sheltered waters, and analysis of the molluscan and crab remains indicates that mangrove areas were also exploited. Some comments are made concerning the presence of shell fish hooks at the site, as well as certain types of beads and jewellery, which reinforce the idea of a coherent regional cultural entity during the 5th–4th millennia within this region.
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Mark Jonathan Beech, Vincent Charpentier, Sophie Méry. Evidence for deep-sea fishing and cultural identity during the Neolithic period at Akab Island, Umm al-Qaiwain, United Arab Emirates. Marjan Mashkour; Mark Jonathan Beech. Archaeozoology of the Near East 9. International Council of Archaeozoology (ICAZ) Proceedings of the 9th conference of the Archaeozoology of SouthWest Asia and Adjacent Areas – Al Ain, Abu Dhabi Emirate, United Arab Emirates, 1, Oxbow Books, pp.331-338, 2017, ISBN: 9781782978442. ⟨halshs-03865996⟩

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