Ancient Omani ruler’s tomb discovered in the UAE
An archaeological team at Mleiha in Sharjah has discovered a tomb dating back to 216-215 BC, making it the oldest historical discovery that refers to Oman and also proves that the ancient Kingdom of Oman existed in the late 3rd century BC.
|Aerial view of the tomb with the inscription [Credit: Times of Oman]|
“The local Abiel dynasty, known from its coins minted at Mleiha, can in all probability be associated with this title of “King of Oman”. Their kingdom was apparently centred around Mleiha and probably consisted of the territory of the UAE and the northern parts of Oman,” the curator added.
The Belgian team directed by Dr Bruno working in close collaboration with Sharjah’s Department of Antiquities made the discovery on December 17 last year.
|View of the tomb with the inscription [Credit: Times of Oman]|
“The passage between the rooms was blocked with bricks and a large monumental inscription that had fallen down from the upper structure. The bi-lingual inscription is written in Aramaic and Ancient South Arabian,” the curator added.
Up to now, the oldest mention of the name Oman was in classical sources from the 1st century CE, where Omana refers to a harbour on the Oman peninsula.
|Eisa Yousef of the Sharjah Department of Antiquities and Dr Bruno Overlaet, director of the Belgian team, |
examining the funerary inscription [Credit: Times of Oman]
Mleiha Archaeological and Eco-tourism Project has been nominated by Unesco as a World Heritage site, reflecting a rich archaeological and cultural heritage and attracting more visitors and investors.
Author: Rejimon K | Source: Times of Oman [January 31, 2016]