UNESCO sites of Bat, Al Ayn and Al Khutm

In north-western Oman are the ancient tombs and monuments associated with the UNESCO sites of Bat, Al Ayn and Al Khutm. UNESCO’s International Council on Monuments and Sites describes Bat as ‘the most complete and best-known site of the 3rd millennium BC’.

UNESCO - Bat Tomb - Oman
UNESCO – Bat Tomb – Oman

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Remarkable new discoveries from Iron Age Rustaq Oman

After the British Foundation for the Study of Arabia (BFSA) Annual General Meeting, there was a good chance to listen to Dr Derek Kennet talk about Archaeology in Oman and especially the Iron Age archaeology of a little-studied region in Oman .

Dr Derek Kennet BFSA Talk Archaeology in Oman
Dr Derek Kennet BFSA Talk about a little studied region in Oman

Dr Kennet has Continue reading “Remarkable new discoveries from Iron Age Rustaq Oman”

Salut, Bahla Oman Archaeological Site

Salut, Bahla Oman the archaeological site is some 26km southwest of Bahla in northern Oman. It may well turn out to be at the centre of the most important archaeological location in Oman. However, it’s hardly known and is, at the moment, not ‘open’ for casual visits. If entry is permitted I have included it in my updated Bradt Guide to Oman, below.

Archaeological Site of Salut, Bahla Oman
Archaeological Site of Salut – Oman – scale see people on hill.

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Oman at the Seminar for Arabian Studies

Interesting finds in Oman

It was good to join the Seminar for Arabian Studies at the British Museum.

Held annually  the seminar focuses on the history and archaeology of the Arabian Peninsula . It was especially nice to meet up with Ali Al Mahrouqi on July 23rd, which is Oman’s ‘Renaissance Day’. He was attending on behalf of Oman’s Ministry of National Heritage and Culture and put up a Poster of the project he is working on, which includes areas in Adam which I enjoyed visiting with him last year.

Ali Al Mahrooqi
Ali Al Mahrooqi

At this years seminar Derek Kennet gave an overview on pre-historical sites in Wadi Andam and Axelle Rougeulle talking about the first season of excavation at Qalhat which was very interesting.

Derek Kennet talks about pre-historical sites in Oman
Derek Kennet talks about pre-historical sites in Oman

Groups visiting Oman

I welcomed Groups visiting Oman around Christmas with the 2nd lead by Dr Erica Hunter of Cambridge and SOAS London Universities into a fresh and sometimes blustery Oman.

Dr Hunter and Ace Study Tours Groups visiting Oman
Dr Hunter and Ace Study Tours

The group was booked with me by ACE Study tours near Cambridge England. We travelled in Continue reading “Groups visiting Oman”