National Museum Organizes Event titled “Rock Engravings” Their Human Significance

Muscat: The National Museum, represented by the Department of Museum Learning and Community Outreach, today organized an event titled “Rock Engravings”.

The purpose of the event was to introduce rock drawings and engravings and their human significance inspired by Oman’s nature across the ages.

The event included a lecture titled “Examples of Rock Drawings in the Sultanate of Oman,”. The lecture introduced rock drawings found in numerous valleys and mountains in Oman, dating back to ancient times. It showcased examples, explained their meanings, discussed drawing techniques, and highlighted the tools used. The lecture was followed by a guided tour for participants to explore examples of rock drawings and engravings in the Prehistory and Ancient History Galleries of the National Museum.

Continuing with the event, an art workshop was conducted for drawing and engraving on wood, mimicking the rock drawings and engravings displayed in the Prehistory and Ancient History Galleries.

It is worth noting that rock drawings and engravings have been discovered in numerous valleys and mountains across Oman, spanning various provinces and dating back to prehistoric and ancient eras. Some of the well-known drawings depict human life symbols, animals like oryx, horses, camels, dogs, and elephants, as well as reptiles like scorpions and snakes. In the realm of tools, war-related items such as spears, swords, and shields are highlighted. Symbolic representations in Omani rock art include stars and the sun, among others.

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