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Arabian Trade Round-table - Paris, May 3, 2012‏

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  • Juan Manuel Tebes
    (From Dr. Yifat Thareani) Orient & Mediterranee, Laboratoire Mondes Semitiques, UMR 8167, CNRS, Paris Archaeological and Historical Round-table May 3rd 2012,
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      (From Dr. Yifat Thareani)

      Orient & Méditerranée, Laboratoire Mondes Sémitiques, UMR 8167, CNRS, Paris

      Archaeological and Historical Round-table
      May 3rd 2012, Maison Suger, 16-18 rue Suger 75006, Paris

      The Arabian Trade: Between Image and Reality

      The end of the second and the first millennia BCE have witnessed the emergence and development of several wide reaching trade systems. One of the most outstanding among these was the Arabian Trade Route that ran from Arabia to West Africa, the Southern Levant and the Mediterranean coasts.

      The archaeological and the historical research of the Arabian trade involve various economic and political aspects regarding the southern Levantine and Arabian societies at the end of the Late Bronze and Iron Age. The last decades have seen the development of a vibrant discussion concerning the geographical, chronological, cultural, socio-political and economic aspects in these regions. While the renewed focus on the Arabian trade resulted in new data and publications, Arabia and the Levant are separately discussed and analyzed. The rift between the two regions is reflected in the current scholarly image of the Arabian trade that is a mixture of facts and biases, false discount previews and speculations.

      The idea to establish a round-table derived from the notion that the study of the Arabian trade system requires a dialogue between scholars dealing with the subject in both Arabia and the Levant. Therefore, our main goal is to create a discourse between scholars dealing with the subject in order to create a link between the two regions.

      The discussion will focus in the following subjects: Long distance trade systems (incense, copper) and major trade routes between Arabia and the Levant; Chronological discussion concerning the emergence and development of the Arabian trade; New perspectives regarding animals' and plants domestication; A study of the socio-political and economic spheres involved in the trade with an emphasis on the interaction between different political entities: empires, regional kingdoms and local social groups.

      Michael Jasmin, Christian Robin, Yifat Thareani.
      Orient & Méditerranée, Laboratoire Mondes Sémitiques, UMR 8167, CNRS, Paris

      The Arabian Trade: Between Image and Reality
      May 3 2012, 9:00-18:00
      Maison Suger, 16-18 rue Suger 75006, Paris

      Gathering and reception
      Greetings by Prof. Christian Robin

      First session, presiding: Dr. Yifat Thareani

      Arabia and the Levant at the Turn of a Millennium (Twelfth-Ninth Centuries BCE )

      1. Michael Jasmin: Routes and Camels: New roads and new transportation mode in the southern Levant at the end of the second millennium BCE
      2. Israel Finkelstein: The Negev and Southern Transjordan in the Iron I-IIA: An Archaeological-Historical Reconstruction

      11:00 Coffee-break

      3. Juan Manuel Tebes: Trade before the Incense Trade: Interconnections between the NW Hejaz and the Southern Levant in the Late Second Millennium BCE
      4. Christian Robin: Saba' et le commerce à longue distance

      13:00 Lunch

      Second session, presiding: Dr. Michael Jasmin

      Between Empires, Kingdoms and Tribes: Arabia and the Levant under Imperial Rules (Eighth Century BCE Onwards)

      5. Jérémie Schiettecatte: From "Ships of the Desert" to Sea-going Vessels: Chronology of the South Arabian Trade and Destination of the Products
      6. Martin Makinson: The Northern Extension of the King's Road: Textual and Archaeological Evidence for South Arabian Trade in Inland Syria in the Iron Age

      16:00 Coffee-break

      7. Guillaume Charloux: Wâdi Sirhân and the "Eastern Road"
      8. Yifat Thareani: The Empire and the Trade – The Iron Age II Arabian Trade in Image and in Reality

      Closing discussion and Concluding remarks by Prof. Christian Robin

      Juan Manuel Tebes
      Fernand Braudel-IFER Post-Doctoral Fellow (FMSH)
      Maison de l'Archéologie et de l'Ethnologie
      ArScAn - Archéologies et Sciences de l’Antiquité (UMR7041),
      CNRS - Université de Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne -
      Université de Paris Ouest Nanterre La Défense

      21 allée de l’Université, F-92023 Nanterre Cedex, France
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