News ID: 208943
Published: 0900 GMT January 28, 2018

Excavations in Mudhaibi indicate presence of ancient civilization

Excavations in Mudhaibi indicate presence of ancient civilization

Preliminary archeological excavations in the town of Al Ghareen in the wilayat of Mudhaibi in North Sharqiyah in Oman have revealed the presence of an ancient civilization in Oman with commercial association with the civilizations of Dilmun, Sindh, Mesopotamia and Iran.

The Ministry of Heritage and Culture (MHC) and the Sultan Qaboos University (SQU) are conducting the excavations, reported.

Dr. Khalid Ahmed Daghlash, head of Archeology Department at SQU, said that the discoveries belong to a civilization of Oman from 2500 to 2000 BCE and represents a very ancient settlement.

He added that Archeology Department at SQU started excavation in 2004 and currently it is working with the ministry to conduct excavations and surveys on the site to identify its historical and archaeological stages.

He explained that the excavations revealed the presence of a large settlement of at least more than 50 buildings, in addition to a large building which represents a distinctive architectural features of the ancient civilization of Oman with an estimated diameter of 20-25 meters and a height of 4-6 meters, where the tower was built of stones, with a wall of more than 2m wide.

The head of the Archeology Department at SQU said that the preliminary observations on this tower show that it passed through several stages of architecture.

The first phase included the construction of the tower and after a period of time the tower had been exposed to demolition and vandalism, after which the inhabitants abandoned the place for a certain period of time.

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