College of Arts and Social Sciences






Dr. Mohamed Hesein
Head department 

Archaeology Department

The size of Oman's archaeology and its wide distribution across the country implies that our growing knowledge about this heritage is still modest. This is a fact and a responsibility that cannot be ignored. Today, archaeology globally is regarded as an invaluable human heritage to be preserved for future generations. In addition, Oman's varied landscapes reveal ancient and diverse environmental and cultural settings. The Sultanate's need for a cadre of qualified professionals in this specialization is obvious. 

Sultan Qaboos University's stated mission as a national center for education, training and research entails effective participation in the discovery, preservation and conservation of Oman's cultural and archaeological heritage.

Arising from this the Department of Archaeology is not only dedicated to training and qualifying Omanis, but also to linking the university with other international and regional institutions through research and joint archaeological endeavours. Equally, the Department is engaged in extensive cooperation with the Ministry of Heritage and Culture which has led to training Omanis, several salvage archaeology operations, and surveys or field investigations to rescue endangered archaeological sites.

  • Vision
  • Mission
  • Objectives



 The vision of department is to be among the chief departments in terms of education, training and research locally and in the Arab world.



The mission of the Department of Archaeology is to build competence through theoretical and practical training.
This is to be accomplished in an environment that enhances and encourages capabilities and talents.
The programme addresses the archaeological heritage through the most advanced methods and techniques.It is to qualify graduates of excellent education and training in the field and equipped with deep awareness and dedication to serve the national heritage of the country.



By the end of their programme, we expect graduates to have achieved the following objectives.
The programme aims to produce the following:
1. Develop competence and skills, talents to discover, unearth, preserve andconserve the national heritage of the Sultanate.
2. Capabilities of carrying out archaeological survey, assessment, excavations and post-excavation work;
3. Conscientious and aware of the importance of the national heritage of theCountry;
4. Capable to understanding and appreciating the human cultural diversity in Oman and in other parts of the world;
5. Capable of using both theoretical and practical approaches;
6. Qualified for employment in archaeology and management of cultural resources.


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