Oman archaeologists unearth Iron Age settlement

The settlement was unearthed during excavation in the Sohar Port area of Oman.

Dubai: Archaeologists in Oman have unearthed evidence of human settlement dating back to the Iron Age during excavation there, a news report has said.

The settlement was unearthed during excavation in the
Sohar Port area of the country at as many as 57 burial sites,
Biubwa Ali Al Sabri, director of Excavation and Archaeological
Studies at the Ministry of Heritage and Culture said.

"The findings include remains of human bones, beads
and other archaeological objects," Al Sabri was quoted by Gulf
News as saying.

The excavation work was conducted by five specialists
from the national team of the Ministry of Heritage and Culture
with the help from Sultan Qaboos University (SQU) technicians,
specialised in lifting and drawing archaeological evidence.

Al Sabri said the findings would help archaeologist in
understanding more about the cultural history.

"These sites dated back to the intervening period of
the second millennium BC and the first millennium BC, also
known as Wadi Suq era between 2000 BC and 300 BC," she said.

"As the site of those cemeteries spread over the hills
and the valleys, the Ministry divided the site into five
sections," she added.

Keeping in view the importance of maintaining the
cultural heritage, the Ministry paid special attention to
preserving archaeological sites, without hampering the ongoing
development projects.

The archaeologist also found bones and teeth of horse
in a grave, which was characterised by the existence of two
rooms, one for the man`s burial and other for the horse.

"We`ve had several meetings between the Heritage
Sector in the Ministry and the management of Sohar Port and
decided to have rescue excavations in some sections of those
57 graves," she said, adding that this excavation was funded
by the management of Sohar Port, she said.

"A specialist in the study of bones was flown from
Sweden by the management of Sohar Port," Al Sabri said.


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