Sohar: A new archaeological site near the town of Al Tawyah in Wadi Hibi was discovered by the Department of Heritage and Culture in the Governorate of North Al Batinah yesterday.
The new site’s huge stone foundations together constitute a small settlement on an area of about 26,000 square metres.
These foundations are characterised by huge white stones. It is noted that the largest of these trimmed stones exist in corners of rooms and stores of buildings.
Rashid bin Saleh Al Shayadi, Director of Heritage and Culture Department in the Governorate of North Al Batinah said that the site is made up of houses and rooms and storage areas. There is also a place to collect water.
It is evident that the agricultural community was prolific in production, Al Shayadi explained.
At the entrance to the valley and on the opposite side there is a cemetery, which is Islamic in character and pointing to Al Qiblah.
He said that it would be too early to talk about the history of the site, adding that the site could belong to the early Islamic period.
It is necessary to send samples of these pieces to the Department of Archaeological Studies at the Ministry of Heritage and Culture to clarify the matter and take decision about it, Al Shayadi further said.