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Stone artifacts dating back to 1st millennium BC uncovered

11 Dec 2023 Stone artifacts dating back to 1st millennium BC uncovered By OUR CORRESPONDENT

Muscat – The Ministry of Heritage and Tourism (MHT), in cooperation with an archaeological mission from the Australian La Trobe University has discovered ancient stone artifacts dating back to the 1st millennium BC in Buraimi.

‘Excavations carried out at the archaeological site in the wilayat of Mahdha in Buraimi governorate revealed stone tools dating back to the Paleolithic era’, MHT said in a statement.

The ministry confirmed that the archaeological discoveries are like small monoliths – group of three stones erected in a pyramidal shape – dating back to the 1st millennium BC. This is considered the first discovery of the mission in the wilayat of Mahdha.

The ministry is also, in cooperation with the Italian mission from the University of Naples, carrying out a number of excavations at the Wadi Bani Khalid archaeological site in North Sharqiyah, which dates back to the Late Iron Age.

The site contains 11 defensive towers inside a settlement surrounded by a defensive wall built of stones.

The ministry explained that the excavations for the fifth season will take place inside residential rooms in which pottery fragments were found.

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