Ceme­tery with 45 graves un­earthed in Mud­haibi

Muscat Daily - - FRONT PAGE -

The Min­istry of Her­itage and Cul­ture (MHC), in co­op­er­a­tion with the Univer­sity of Hei­del­berg, Ger­many, has dis­cov­ered a ceme­tery com­pris­ing 45 graves in Mud­haibi.

The ceme­tery was dis­cov­ered in Mt Al Su­laili in the Gov­er­norate of North Shar­qiyah.

Ac­cord­ing to the min­istry, the graves mea­sure 50mx80m and are be­lieved to be from the Iron Age.

An of­fi­cial at MHC said, “The site con­tains a set­tle­ment that dates back to the be­gin­ning of the Iron Age. It is be­lieved to be­long to those work­ing in cop­per min­ing field. The an­cient mine was 700m east, prob­a­bly from the same era.”

Talk­ing of the im­por­tance of the site, he said, “The ex­ca­vated site shows cop­per min­ing was done in the early Is­lamic era. The stone build­ings and graves at the site re­sem­ble na­ture-pre­served huts over 3,000 years ago. The graves help us know the burial method that was used and other rit­u­als of the times.”

(Sup­plied photo)

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