Visits to the Underworld from Antiquity to Byzantium
Lindsey A. Askin
Janice P. De-Whyte
Aqwal Qatadah b. Da'amah al-Sadusi
Selected Papers of Red Sea Project VI
With contributions by Andre Antunes, K. Christopher Beard, Ahmed Hussein, Emad Khalil, Solène Marion de Procé, Abdirachid Mohamed, Ania Kotarba-Morley, Sandra Olsen, Andrew Peacock, Eleanor Scerri, Pierre Schneider, Marijke Van Der Veen and Chiara Zazzaro.
In order to study how cultural encounters shaped historical development, literary traditions, religious practice and political systems, the contributors employ a broad spectrum of theoretical positions (e.g., hybridity, métissage, frontier studies, postcolonialism, entangled histories and multilingualism), to interpret a diverse set of literary, documentary, archaeological, epigraphic, numismatic, and iconographic sources.
Sandra L. Olsen
The Arabian Peninsula has served as a conduit for people leaving Africa for over a million years. During that time it has developed its own indigenous cultures, as well. The Neolithic was a time of Holocene climatic amelioration when bands of nomadic hunter-herders could have flowed relatively easily both directions. In this study, Neolithic rock art in Saudi Arabia is compared and contrasted with petroglyph localities across North and East Africa. Similarities are documented, but whether these reflect direct cultural connections or parallel economies and shared fauna is difficult to discern definitively. Aspects of the Neolithic life ways in western Arabia are reconstructed from the scenes depicted in the rich petroglyph localities of Jubbah, Shuwaymis, and Bi’r HIma.