Hominin occupations of the Arabian Peninsula

The Pleistocene archaeological record of the Arabian Peninsula is increasingly recognized as being of great importance for resolving some of the major debates in hominin evolutionary studies. Though there has been an acceleration in the rate of fieldwork and discovery of archaeological sites in recent years, little is known about hominin occupations in the Pleistocene over vast areas of Arabia.


Lithics made of a fine grained igneous raw material or rhyolite

The importance of these sites centers on their diversity in terms of landscape positions, raw materials used for lithic manufacture, and core reduction methods. Our findings indicate multiple hominin dispersals into Arabia and complex subsequent patterns of behavior and demography.

Read more in The Middle Palaeolithic of the Nejd, Saudi Arabia in the Journal of Field Archaeology.