The Bronze Age cultural landscape of Wādī al-Zahaimi


  • Bleda S. Düring
  • Eric Olijdam
  • Samatar A. Botan
  • Jordy H.J.M. Aal


Umm an-Nar, Wadi Suq, domestic architecture, funerary traditions, prehistoric pottery


On the north bank of Wādī al-Zahaimi, east of the town of Liwaʾ in northern Oman, a remarkably well-preserved Bronze Age cultural landscape was discovered and documented in January 2018 by the Wadi al-Jizzi Archaeological Project. It includes first, a well-preserved Umm an-Nar settlement with two circular tombs, a possible watchtower, and imported pottery from the Indus and Dilmun; second, a large transitional cemetery, with about 170 tombs dating to the late Umm an-Nar and early Wadi Suq periods, which has striking parallels with the famous linear alignments from ʿAsimah; and third, a small Wadi Suq settlement with stone-built houses. In this paper, we present this well-preserved Bronze Age cultural landscape and its relevance to our understanding of the late third and early second millennia BC in south-eastern Arabia.



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Düring, B. S., Olijdam, E., Botan, S. A., & Aal, J. H. (2019). The Bronze Age cultural landscape of Wādī al-Zahaimi. Proceedings of the Seminar for Arabian Studies, 49, 115–127. Retrieved from

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