Excavations in Mudhaibi indicate presence of ancient civilisation

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Preliminary archaeological excavations in the town of Al Ghareen in the wilayat of Mudhaibi in North Sharqiyah have revealed the presence of an ancient civilisation in Oman with commercial association with the civilisations of Dilmun, Sindh, Mesopotamia and Iran.

The Ministry of Heritage and Culture (MHC) and the Sultan Qaboos University (SQU) are conducting the excavations.

Dr Khalid Ahmed Daghlash, head of Archaeology Department at SQU, said that the discoveries belong to a civilisation of Oman from 2500 to 2000 BC and represents a very ancient settlement.

He added that Archaeology Department at SQU started excavation in 2004 and currently it is working with the ministry to conduct excavations and surveys on the site to identify its historical and archaeological stages.

He explained that the excavations revealed the presence of a large settlement of at least more than 50 buildings, in addition to a large building which represents a distinctive architectural features of the ancient civilisation of Oman with an estimated diameter of 20-25m and a height of 4-6m, where the tower was built of stones, with a wall of more than 2m wide.

The head of the Archaeology Department at SQU said that the preliminary observations on this tower show that it passed through several stages of architecture.

The first phase included the construction of the tower and after a period of time the tower had been exposed to demolition and vandalism, after which the inhabitants abandoned the place for a certain period of time.

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