Melissa A Kennedy's research while affiliated with University of Western Australia and other places

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A comprehensive remote sensing survey of AlUla County in north‐west Saudi Arabia has revealed 32 examples of the ancient, stone‐built animal traps known as ‘kites’. Noting that most (27) are located on the Ḥarrat ʿUwayriḍ, a satellite survey of parts of that lavafield outside of AlUla County was undertaken, identifying a further 175 kites. These sh...
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The desert regions of the Arabian Peninsula and Levant are criss-crossed by innumerable pathways. Across large areas of north-west Arabia, many of these pathways are flanked by stone monuments, the vast majority of which are ancient tombs. Recent radiometric dating indicates that the most abundant of these monuments, elaborate and morphologically d...
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The monumental stone structures of the Arabian Peninsula have been notoriously difficult to date. Due to their visibility in the landscape, they have suffered from extensive robbing and later reuse, which has compromised dating methodologies. In particular, our understanding of when the elaborate “pendants” (also known as “tailed cairns” or “tailed...
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Northwestern Arabia is marked by thousands of prehistoric stone structures. Of these, the monumental, rectilinear type known as mustatils has received only limited attention. Recent fieldwork in AlUla and Khaybar Counties, Saudi Arabia, demonstrates that these monuments are architecturally more complex than previously supposed, featuring chambers,...
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Recent excavations undertaken by the Aerial Archaeology in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (AAKSA) project have recovered significant skeletal material, evidence for funerary offerings, including jewelry, and the earliest chronometrically dated domestic dog in the Arabian Peninsula. Despite being heavily disturbed by recent looting, these monumental fu...

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... Pendants, which are frequently oriented toward these paths, have yielded human remains dating to as early as the mid-third millennium cal. BC (Kennedy et al., 2021;below). After Kennedy (2011), we refer to these composite path and monument features as 'funerary avenues'. ...
... However, no well-preserved deposits have yet been identified, making the identification of wild and domesticated caprine species challenging. A deposit of animal horns excavated in a mustatil in the east of AlUla County dating to the 6th Millennium BC contains gazella horns (Thomas et al., 2021) but, as the remains were limited to cranial elements, they are unsuitable for broader butchery technique analysis. Moreover, at this time our knowledge of mustatils, in general, does not provide any reason to associate them with kite structures. ...
... However, in west and north-west Saudi Arabia, and in adjacent desert landscapes of eastern Jordan and southern Syria, these structures have received limited attention until recently (e.g. Abu-Azizeh et al., 2014Akkermans and Brüning, 2017;Fujii, 2016;Hausleiter and Zur, 2016;Kennedy, 2011Kennedy, , 2012Kennedy and Bishop, 2011;Rowan et al., 2011;Thomas et al., 2021a). ...