Pottery, White & Stone Beads & More; 4500-Yr-Old Artefacts Excavated At Wadi al Ma’awel, Oman

MHT and University of Sabizza's Italian Mission unearth 4,500-Year-Old artefacts in South Batinah.

by Deeplata Garde
Pottery, White & Stone Beads & More; 4500-Yr-Old Artefacts Excavated At Wadi al Ma’awel, Oman

In a groundbreaking collaboration, the Ministry of Heritage and Tourism (MHT) has partnered with the Italian mission from the University of Sabizza to uncover a trove of ancient artefacts dating back 4,500 years in the South Batinah governorate, Oman.

Archaeological Revelations In Wadi al Ma’awel

Excavations conducted at the archaeological site in Wadi al Ma’awel yielded a significant find, including pottery, white beads, and stone beads from the Iron Age. Dr Al Mutasim bin Nasser al Hilali, Director of the Heritage and Tourism Department in South Batinah governorate, highlighted the importance of this discovery. According to him, the archaeological research, conducted in collaboration with accredited scientific and research institutions across the governorate, unveiled artifacts that provide a glimpse into life 4,500 years ago during the Iron Age.

Preserving Oman’s Rich Heritage

The Ministry, in tandem with various governmental bodies, consistently works towards preserving Oman’s diverse archaeological sites. To safeguard these sites from encroachments, ownership bonds are issued. Dr Al Hilali emphasized the broader significance, stating the initiative. It ensures the sustainability of the cultural heritage, maximizing its role in developing the Omani cultural identity and serving as a valuable source of knowledge for future generations.

In their tireless efforts, the Ministry, in collaboration with accredited scientific and research institutions across the governorate, conducts archaeological research. This research has unveiled artefacts, including pottery, white beads, and stone beads, providing a glimpse into life during the Iron Age, 4,500 years ago.

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Cultivating Tourism Opportunities

The recent archaeological discoveries in Wadi al Ma’awel hold the potential to shape a new tourism product for the region. Dr Al Hilali affirmed that these findings contribute significantly to creating an enriching tourism experience. It showcases the historical depth of South Batinah. Renowned for its heritage components, South Batinah continues to explore Oman’s rich and diverse history. It includes ancient historical sites, castles, forts, falaj, mosques, and ancient houses.

In summary, the collaboration between MHT and the University of Sabizza’s Italian mission unveiled a treasure trove of artefacts. It sheds light on Oman’s ancient past. These discoveries become integral to the region’s tourism offerings. Also, it plays a vital role in preserving the nation’s cultural heritage for generations to come.

Cover Image Courtesy:X/ MHT

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