The Islamic mining settlement of al-Ṣalaylī

Results of the first excavation season


  • Michela Gaudiello University of Tübingen


Al-Ṣalaylī, al-Šarqiyya North, Sultanate of Oman, Islamic settlement, copper slag, Oman


After about five years of survey in al-Ṣalaylī Valley, the first excavation in the so-called ‘Settlement/Workshop’ area took place in November 2022. Despite the well-known Iron Age hut tombs, the area excavated was revealed to be occupied from the early to the middle Islamic period. The relationship between the two phases of settlement of the area with the exploitation/reoccupation of it for the copper-smelting process still remains to be fully understood.


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How to Cite

Gaudiello, M. (2024). The Islamic mining settlement of al-Ṣalaylī: Results of the first excavation season. Proceedings of the Seminar for Arabian Studies, 53, 79–92. Retrieved from

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