The choice of the location for the foundation of the city of Sumhuram was suggested to the Hadrami colonisers by numerous factors (presence of drinking water, perfect visibility of the location from a distance, etc.). In order to survive for more than three hundred years the city needed to defend itself and reinforce its defensive system throughout the whole course of its history. In 1999-2000 MID undertook studies of the defensive system of the suburban gate complex of Sumhuram. This study which is based on architectonic and epigraphic data, led not only to a better understanding of the construction phases of the gate, but also to the elaboration of an hypothesis about the beginning of the history of the city. It is our belief that at the end of the first century BC a first settlement was founded with mainly a defensive function. In the first century AD it was transformed into a city.
|Autori:||AVANZINI A; ORAZI R.|
|Titolo:||The construction phases of Khor Rori's monumental gate|
|Anno del prodotto:||2001|
|Digital Object Identifier (DOI):||10.1034/j.1600-0471.2001.d01-9.x|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||1.1 Articolo in rivista|