Cultural Treasures from the Cave Shelters of Dhofar: Photographs of the Painted Rock Art Heritage of Southern Oman
Friday, February 17, 2017 - Friday, March 3, 2017
Sultan Qaboos Cultural Center grant recipient Dr. William Zimmerle has spent more than two years documenting the cave inscriptions of Dhofar as part of a digital humanities preservation project in the Sultanate. Protected by the natural environment, the inscriptions are remarkably well-preserved, and give us an unprecedented glimpse into Oman's early history. The inscriptions extend from the coastal plain to the Rub' Al Khali desert, and to the Jebel Qara mountains at the beginning of the famed incense trail where the history of frankincense began. The rock art of the Dhofari mountains, painted in red and black, tentatively date to at least the late first millennium B.C., and depict animals indigenous to the local landscape, as well as hunting and battle scenes, anthropomorphic stick and dressed figures, dhows and other ships, narratives of pastoral life, and ritual emblems invoking protection inside cave shelters above the wadis.
The exhibition, consisting of 31 high resolution photographs taken across six archaeological field sites, is on display at SQCC through 3 March. Some of these photographs can be viewed here.
Tuesday, 14 February, 2017