Inscriptions on ancient tomb in Sharjah reveal Oman existed in third century BC

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Inscriptions on an ancient tomb in Sharjah have revealed that Oman existed even in the late third century BC.

The discovery at the Mleiha Archaeological and Eco-tourism Project site in Sharjah features inscriptions on a huge grave consisting of an underground burial chamber measuring 5.2sqm.

The inscription, in Aramaic and southern Arabic language,carries the name of Amad bin Jar bin Ali Kahin, the king of the ancient kingdom of Oman, and his descendants.

Dated 90 or 96AG, a system of numbering years used by the Seleucid Empire, equivalent to 216/215BC, the find is the oldest historical discovery that refers to Oman and also proves that the ancient Oman existed in the late third century.

The discovery was made by a Belgium expedition from the Royal Museums of Art and History in Brussels, in collaboration with the team of the Directorate of Antiquities at the Sharjah Department of Culture and Information.

The announcement was made by Dr Sheikh Sultan bin Mohammed al Qasimi, the ruler of Sharjah, when he inaugurated the first phase of the Mleiha Archaeological and Eco-tourism Project last Thursday.

The project is one of the most important tourist and archaeological projects in the UAE, the Emirates News Agency reported.

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