Tuesday, May 28

Bronze Age Tombs Al-Ayn


JEBEL Misht, a towering limestone mountain in northern Oman makes an impressive backdrop for the beehive tombs of Al-Ayn.

These necropolises are estimated to be roughly 5,000 years old. Their evocative name comes from the rings of stone that make the dome-like structures resemble a beehive.

Although many of the Bronze Age: — is a time period characterized by the use of bronze, proto-writing, and other early features of urban civilization. The Bronze Age is the second principal period of the three-age Stone-Bronze-Iron system, as proposed in modern times by Christian Jürgensen Thomsen, for classifying and studying ancient societies — tombs have been raided over the ages for building materials, their sheer isolation in such a far-flung part of the desert has protected them for millennia.

UNESCO lent them even greater protection when it designated Al-Ayn (together with nearby Bat and Al-Khutm) as a World Heritage Site.

Source: Al-Ayn
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