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We Love Oman: A 5,000-year-old Settlement in Al Mudhaibi

16 Mar, 2023 | Return|

Al Mudhaibi is the largest wilayat in Sharqiyah region of Oman. A well-preserved tomb covering a 50-80 square metre area and a settlement, dating back to the beginning of the Iron Age, was discovered in Al-Mudhaibi, specifically in Al Saleeli mountain by archaeologists from Oman and Heidelberg University in 2019.

Archaeologists believed that the site belonged to the miners who were working in copper mining.

 A second season of excavations in the archaeological site of Al Gharyein in the Wilayat of Al Mudhaibi unearthed a 5,000-year-old settlement. This discovery was the outcome of joint cooperation between Sultan Qaboos University (SQU) and the Ministry of Heritage and Tourism.

Besides its exceptional architectural styles, Al Gharyein settlement played a major role in the region, with manifestations of human activities such as early farming, herding, copper smelting and trade exchange, notably among coastal communities and Sindh country.

Apart from these, Mudhaibi is also known for mosques and forts. While Al Rawdah Fort is an old Islamic fort, the Al Zuhd Mosque is built-up on an area of 500 square metres and is situated on a plot of 1,260 square metres.

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