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New findings at Bat shed light on Umm al Nar culture

16 Feb 2022 By OUR CORRESPONDENT

The Ministry of Heritage and Tourism, in cooperation with archaeologist from the University of Pennsylvania and New York University Abu Dhabi, has announced new archaeological discoveries at the Bat archaeological site in the wilayat of Ibri, Dhahirah governorate.

A statement issued by the ministry said, ‘Researchers found a settlement in an area overlooking a valley. Stoves, kilns and burnt seeds have been found in the excavated dwellings.

‘These excavations reveal valuable information that can help understand how the people of the Umm al Nar culture lived and thrived at the site for nearly 1,000 years.’

This year, the ministry’s archeology projects are focused on the Bronze Age, including the Umm al Nar culture.

Archeologists excavated settlements dating back 2500-2000 BC at two different sites. ‘The site in Bat includes the largest collection of towers and tombs characteristic of the era. Owing to its exceptional importance, it was inscribed on the World Heritage List in 1988,’ the ministry stated.

The archaeological complex of Bat, Al Khutm and Al Ayn has some of the most complete and well-preserved remains of settlements and necropolises from the 3rd millennium BC found in the world. The most significant aspect of the site is the village of Bat in Wadi Sharsah, approximately 24km east of the city of Ibri.

The characteristic features of Al Khutm and Al Ayn are monumental towers and necropolis, respectively.

Besides the Ministry of Heritage and Tourism-University of Pennsylvania-New York University Abu Dhabi project at Bat, a French mission (University of Lyon) at the archaeological site of Al Aaridh in the wilayat of Ibri, and a Polish mission (Warsaw University) at Qamira archaeological site in the wilayat of Dhank are currently underway in Dhahirah.

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