Research in the last thirty years has revealed a rich archaeological heritage in the UAE. This evidence over-turned a long-standing notion that areas of the Middle East, now characterized as deserts, were void of substantial traces of prehistoric human occupation. This lecture details new and important perspectives on how society functioned in this part of the ancient world. These perspectives alter our understanding of the relationship between aridity and technological innovation. This relationship forged societies that were different from those that are often the focus of ancient world studies.
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