It is with pleasure that we welcome the present contribution of Dr.Anis Hashim inthe form of an occasional paper published by the Department of Antiquities.The subject is a fascinating one.The focus of analysis and comparison is on theabundant remains of clay figurines excavated from the Hellenistic influencedsettlement of Thaj in eastern Saudi Arabia. It is dated to the second half of the
millenium B.C.,and later.
Naturally, a study of this sort of small finds will be of great significance to theoverall picture of interpretation for the settlement of Thaj.There will,hopefully,be
further contributions from Dr.Hashim to complement this important site. Weencourage him and other colleagues in the Department to enrich the record bybringing more analytical studies of Arabian archaeology into publication.
Dr. Abdullah H. Masry
Asst .Dep. Minist er for Antiquities
and Museum Affair sand Editor inC hief ,
Atlal IheJournalo f Saud i ArabianArchaeology