Muscat: Excavation work at an archaeological site in the Wilayat of Al Mudhaibi has led to the discovery of the oldest Bronze Age towers and workshops that produced copper in Oman.
The Ministry of Heritage and Culture, in collaboration with a German delegation from Tubingen University, began the survey and excavation work at the Al Khashba site in the wilayat of Al Mudhaibi for the third season.
The site dates back to the third millennium BC and is related to the extraction and production of copper. The work at the site started in 2015 and besides clay and stone buildings in the Al Khashba area, many more sites and stone towers were discovered and documented in villages and towns of the North Eastern Province.
Carbon dating proved that the site dated back to 3100 BC or the Hafeet period. Excavation in one of the stone towers indicated it was the oldest of the Bronze Age towers in Oman. The mission also found what are believed to be the oldest copper production workshops.