The Iron Age of Southern Arabia is characterized by the use of backed flint microliths. Similar in technique to those from the late Epipaleolithic and Early Bronze Ages of the Levant, they probably served a similar function in composite weapons. In excavations in western Yemen, these microliths have been dated as early as 800 B.C. These illustrated microliths come from an Iron Age re-use of a Bronze Age tomb on the Salalah plain. Similar materials come from other Iron Age settlements throughout eastern Yemen and western Oman.