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Durham University

Department of Archaeology

Research Postgraduates

Publication details for Dr Derek Kennet

Mitsuishi, G. & Kennet, D. (2013), Kiln sites of the fourteenth–twentieth-century Julfar ware pottery industry in Ras al-Khaimah, UAE, 43: 46th Meeting of the Seminar for Arabian Studies. London, Archaeopress, 225-238.

Author(s) from Durham


This paper presents a summary of the results of a study of four kiln sites of Julfar ware, a coarse ware that was produced in the
Shimal area of Ras al-Khaimah (UAE) close to the historical site of Julfar between the fourteenth and twentieth centuries. The paper
presents and analyses surface assemblages of pottery that were collected from each of the kiln sites. The kiln sites are described
and an outline of the typology that was developed to catalogue the ceramic assemblage is presented. A seriation of the assemblage
demonstrates a relative chronology of the four sites that can be linked to an absolute chronology using external data. Using the range
of types at each kiln site as a proxy for the intensity of production suggests a peak of production in the fifteenth to sixteenth century
contemporary with the main phase of occupation at historic Julfar, and contemporary with the widest distribution of Julfar ware
around the western Indian Ocean. Analysis of the coefficient of variation of rim diameters from the most common types from three
of the sites suggests related changes in the organization of production.