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Environment and Rock Art in the Jebel Ousselat, Atlas Mountains, Tunisia

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Environment and Rock Art in the Jebel Ousselat, Atlas Mountains, Tunisia. / Ben Nasr, Jaâfar ; Walsh, Kevin James.

In: Journal of Mediterranean Archaeology, Vol. 33, No. 1, 01.10.2020, p. 3-28.

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Ben Nasr, J & Walsh, KJ 2020, 'Environment and Rock Art in the Jebel Ousselat, Atlas Mountains, Tunisia', Journal of Mediterranean Archaeology, vol. 33, no. 1, pp. 3-28. https://doi.org/10.1558/jma.42344

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Ben Nasr, J., & Walsh, K. J. (2020). Environment and Rock Art in the Jebel Ousselat, Atlas Mountains, Tunisia. Journal of Mediterranean Archaeology, 33(1), 3-28. https://doi.org/10.1558/jma.42344

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Ben Nasr J, Walsh KJ. Environment and Rock Art in the Jebel Ousselat, Atlas Mountains, Tunisia. Journal of Mediterranean Archaeology. 2020 Oct 1;33(1):3-28. https://doi.org/10.1558/jma.42344

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Ben Nasr, Jaâfar ; Walsh, Kevin James. / Environment and Rock Art in the Jebel Ousselat, Atlas Mountains, Tunisia. In: Journal of Mediterranean Archaeology. 2020 ; Vol. 33, No. 1. pp. 3-28.

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