4,000-Year-Old stone board game found in Oman: Archaeologists

4000-Year-Old stone board game found in Oman: Archaeologists
4000-Year-Old stone board game found in Oman: Archaeologists

The Ministry of Heritage and Tourism, in cooperation with the polish centre of Mediterranean Archeology, University of Warsaw have discovered a 4,000-year old stone game board while excavating a Bronze age and Iron Age settlement as part of project called “ The development of settlements in the mountains of northern Oman in the Bronze and Iron Ages”

The 4,000 early old stone game board was discovered near the village of Ayn Bani Saidah in the Sultanate of Oman,

The project is an endeavour: to study settlement with the Qumayrah Valley after preliminary research revealed prehistoric campsites, burials, settlements and tower structures, al close to vicinity of Ayn Bani Saidah.

At the end of December, another season of archaeological fieldwork in Qumayrah valley in Northern Oman came to close. Archaeologists identified here another tower in a Bronze Age settlement, unearthed evidence of copper smelting an discovered a 4,000-year-old-game board!  said in a press release from PCMA UW

And both in Ayn Bani Saidah and in bilt, tombs and settlements from the Umm an-Nar period (2600-2000 BCE) can be admired. Moreover, the remains of an Iron Age II settlement sprawling around the stony hills near Ayn Bani Saidah have been found to be several times larger than initially thought.

Cleaning the walls of an Umm an-nar building - photo J. Silwa/PCMA UW
Cleaning the walls of an Umm an-nar building – photo J. Silwa/PCMA UW

Archaeologists also documented the ruins of a late Islamic-period village standing on top of earlier remains.  This abundance of settlement traces pores that this valley was an important spot in Oman’s prehistory, says Prof Bielinski from the Polist Centre of Mediterranenan Archeology, University of Warsaw


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