Type:  Winged and Tanged Arrowhead

Location: Sharjah, United Arab Emirates



MoST ID: 2245

Pedestal Link: https://une.pedestal3d.com/r/FJXYdehkz0

Model Author:  Sharjah Archaeology Authority

This chert Winged and Tanged arrowhead, Type I, is from the site of Al-Hamriyah, Sharjah, United Arab Emirates.  Al-Hamriya is a coastal shell midden site occupied ca. 6000-7000 BP.  Scale approximate.


Winged and Tanged arrowheads are part of the Arabian Bifacial Tradition.  They are sometimes found with pottery that likely originated from Ubaid period sites in Mesopotamia, indicating interaction with northern cultures via the Arabian Gulf.  The tang and tip are broken from this example.  It was made by expert bifacial transverse-parallel pressure flaking.  Pressure flake removals were spaced relatively far apart, resulting in serrated edges.  The orientation of the angled scars is reverse from that commonly seen on parallel pressure-flaked points internationally.  An analyst has traced the flake scars in white pencil, probably for illustration purposes.

The arrowhead is curated by the Sharjah Archaeology Authority, catalogue number EX363.