New archaeological discovery at site of Al-Arid in Ibri

Ibri: The mission of the French National Center for Scientific Research, in cooperation with the Ministry of Heritage and Tourism, announced the discovery of a water channel that extends for a distance of 151 meters, and another water channel dating back to the ancient Islamic era, at the archaeological site of Al-Aridh in the Wilayat of Ibri in Al-Dhahirah Governorate, and within the framework of completing the works Site survey and excavation.

I also discovered houses dating back to the third millennium BC, as the house contains two rooms and multiple sites for igniting a fire. The base of the house was built of rocks, while the walls were built of mud bricks.

The new discoveries at the archaeological site of Al-Arid are represented in the presence of sites and relics of the remains of seven towers, and nearly a thousand ancient burials dating back to the third millennium BC, inside which skeletons, some pottery shards, and an almost complete jar dating back to the era of “Jamdet Nasr” in Mesopotamia were found.

The archaeological mission is excavating in the western part of the site, in a building believed to date back to the fourth millennium BC. Inside it, many pieces of copper slag and a copper ax were found, as it is believed that the building was used as a workshop for manufacturing and smelting copper.

Corinne Castle, head of the archaeological mission team at the archaeological site of Al-Arid, explained that the discoveries date back to the twenty-fifth century BC, that is, to the civilization of Majan, which coincided with the civilization of the Akkadian empire in Mesopotamia (present-day southern Iraq). Mesopotamia, and a 100-square-meter factory dedicated to copper smelting works for the manufacture of copper tools and weapons was discovered, which indicates that Oman was famous for its copper industries, as mentioned in the stone tablets of the Mesopotamian civilization, where it used to obtain copper tools from the Majan civilization.

The head of the archaeological mission added that the time period of the archaeological area of ​​Al-Arid and the archaeological area of ​​Bat in the Wilayat of Ibri go back to the same time period from the third millennium BC, and that the two sites have the same ancient building design, as the team compares the two archaeological sites at various levels in order to understand the behavior of life in This civilization at the time, as the two sites are of high importance because they contain many towers.

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