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14459Re: [ANE-2] Mari Letters

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  • Rafal Kolinski
    Aug 31, 2012
      Dear Francesco,
      if you read French, try:
      B. Groeneberg, La golfe arabo-persique, vu de MAri, Florilegium MArianum I, 1992, 69-80.
      I am sorry for a late answer but only now I was ble to sort through archivail e-mails
      best regards
      Rafal Kolinski
      Institute of Prehistory
      Adam Mickiewicz University
      Poznan, Poland

      From: Francesco Brighenti <frabrig@...>
      To: ANE-2@yahoogroups.com
      Sent: Wednesday, 28 July 2010, 22:29
      Subject: [ANE-2] Mari Letters


      Dear members of the List,

      In this paper:

      Nicole Boivin & Dorian Q. Fuller, "Shell Middens, Ships and Seeds: Exploring Coastal Subsistence, Maritime Trade and the Dispersal of Domesticates in and Around the Ancient Arabian Peninsula," _Journal of World Prehistory_ 22 (2009), pp. 113-180,

      I read (on p. 155):

      "Evidence for Harappan trade [with the Persian Gulf and Mesopotamia -- Francesco] continues into the Late Harappan period, as evidenced by both archaeological finds and textual sources like the Mari letters (Carter 2001; Warburton 2007). [...] [T]rade was by this point clearly with the Late Harappan communities of Gujarat, rather than the now disintegrated society of the Indus Valley proper."

      The two sources cited by the authors in this passage are:

      Carter, R. (2006). Boat remains and maritime trade in the Persian Gulf during the sixth and fifth millennia BC. Antiquity, 80, 52-63.

      Warburton, D. A. (2007). What happened in the Near East ca. 2000 BC? In E. H. Seland (Ed.), The Indian Ocean in the Ancient Period: Definite places, translocal exchange. Oxford: BAR International Series 1593.

      Can anyone here provide any references to the above mentioned textual evidence for Indo-Mesopotamian trade relations (allegedly) contained in the Mari Letters (c. 1800 BCE)?

      Thanks in advance, and best regards.

      Francesco Brighenti, Ph.D.
      VAIS -- Venetian Academy of Indian Studies
      Venice, Italy

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