Muscat: A two-day seminar titled 'The Joint Archaeological Heritage of Oman, India and Pakistan,' began on Wednesday at the lecture hall of Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque.
The seminar is being organised by the Ministry of Heritage and Culture in cooperation with a number of scientific institutes supported by the US State Department. A group of scholars from the Sultanate, India, Pakistan, the United States, Italy, France and Germany are taking part in the seminar.
The seminar aims to provide an opportunity to the participating scholars to exchange information and experiences regarding their new discoveries and explore the possibility of cooperation in their future research work. This will provide greater understanding of how each region made use of the other as a result of these exchanges in the past and how to continue similar exchanges in the present.
Hassan bin Mohammad Al Lawati, director-general of Archaeology and Museums, said in a speech that the study of the common cultural heritage through joint scientific and academic efforts will open a new vision of the past, as it will help to inform the future links between all these areas.
He stressed that the Sultanate, India and Pakistan have a long history of interaction that began during the pre-historic period, around 4000 BC, and continued through the Islamic era to the present.
The Director-General of Archaeology and Museums indicated that there are clear evidences of cultural interactions between the Sultanate and the South Asian sub-continent in the prehistoric periods.
He added that the Majan civilisation flourished during a period that followed the Iron Age in most parts of the Sultanate and the UAE, and the Islamic era, stressing the existence of considerable evidence proving the existence of interaction between these areas.