First discoveries of the Bāt/al-Arid mission (Sultanate of Oman)

Authors

  • Corinne Castel CNRS-Lyon 2 University
  • Olivier BARGE CNRS
  • Blandine BESNARD PhD Student University Lyon 2
  • Tara BEUZEN-WALLER PhD Student Sorbonne University
  • Jacques Élie BROCHIER CNRS
  • Lionel DARRAS CNRS
  • Emmanuelle RÉGAGNON CNRS
  • Séverine SANZ CNRS

Keywords:

Early Bronze Age Oman, Towers, tombs, irrigation, settlement

Abstract

During the winter of 2019 the French Archaeological Mission at Bāt and al-Arid (MBA) conducted a first season of investigations jointly on both sites of Bāt and al-Arid (15 km north-west of Bāt), in central Oman. This article aims to present the first results obtained during the 2019 fieldwork: a micro-regional study of the site and first excavations of al-Arid, and new records from the necropolis of Bāt. The site of al-Arid is a promising new Bronze Age site in the area of Ibri. It contains five, probably six, Umm an-Nar towers, an Early Bronze Age necropolis, a Bronze Age settlement dated to the second part of the third millennium BC, and an irrigation channel that might be related to the Bronze Age complex. The al-Arid site is very interesting and significant for understanding the territory of Bāt, today exposed to rapid urbanization. It documents the remains of an elaborate settlement occupied on a recurrent, if not permanent, basis during the Early Bronze Age, which has never been excavated before. The first results presented here indicate the great archaeological potential of the al-Arid site, and its potential for a better understanding of the emergence of socio-economic complexity in central Oman.

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Published

31/08/2020

How to Cite

Castel, C., BARGE, O., BESNARD, B., BEUZEN-WALLER, T., BROCHIER, J. Élie, DARRAS, L., RÉGAGNON, E. ., & SANZ, S. (2020). First discoveries of the Bāt/al-Arid mission (Sultanate of Oman). Proceedings of the Seminar for Arabian Studies, 50(1), 71–84. Retrieved from https://archaeopresspublishing.com/ojs/index.php/PSAS/article/view/292