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Yemen's Stonehenge Suggests Bronze Age Red Sea Culture

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Science  06 Mar 1998:
Vol. 279, Issue 5356, pp. 1452-1453
DOI: 10.1126/science.279.5356.1452

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Summary

In research currently in press in the Proceedings of the Seminar for Arabian Studies, a research team presents preliminary evidence for a previously unstudied Bronze Age culture in coastal Yemen. The evidence includes the ruins of a circular prehistoric religious site, or henge, a cache of copper-alloy tools dated to between 2400 and 1900 B.C., and fragments of children's skeletons from what appear to be ceremonial burials. All this suggests a well-organized people living in an arid coastal plain once thought to have been almost empty at this time.

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