Salut Archaeological Site Oman

Not far from Nizwa is the archaeological site of Salut. Spread over what must be 3sqkms that comprises a couple of low hills and dusty flood plain on the edge of Wadi Quriyat , it’s probably one of Oman’s future UNESCO World Heritage sites; and is naturally included in my update to the Bradt Guide to Oman, below.

Salut Fort Oman
Salut Fort Oman

The inclusion of the site by UNESCO will have little to do with the charming story of King Soloman arriving at the Iron Age fort (1300-600BC) to have a 10 day stay to talk with the Eagle which occupied the fort.

Any decision will be based on the result of  the work by the Universities of Pisa and Sorbonne and earlier work by the University of Birmingham. They have excavated the tell of the Iron Age fort and subsequently excavated several Bronze Age towers, which are of comparable age to those at Bat Oman (early Bronze Age).

My Bradt Guide to Oman includes Salut on page 238

Salut Shrine & Tomb
Salut Shrine & Tomb

Currently, with the interest of the Universities, this site is the most active archaeological site in Northern Oman. While one of the hills associated with Salut is the excavated Iron Age site, the other hill has a number of Hafit era tombs and what may be the unique (for Oman) remains of an Early Iron Age columned shrine or temple; which has been imaginatively re-created.

Author: Tony Walsh

Book author including the current Bradt guide to Oman – edition 4