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Ancient Oman Conference at the Library of Congress

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

On Tuesday 24 April, SQCC in conjunction with the African and Middle East Branch of the Library of Congress hosted the Ancient Oman: Archaeological Digs and Historical Discoveries in the Sultanate of Oman Conference. Dr. Said bin Nasser Al Salmi, Director General of the Office of the Adviser to His Majesty the Sultan for Cultural Affairs, delivered the keynote address on active digs in Oman and the future prospects of archaeology in Oman.

Ten different scholars from around the country presented their original research. Panel one on the earliest civilization found in Oman, known as Magan, included presentations on mortuary rituals, the reexamination of earlier bronze age archaeological findings, and technology and trade across the Indus region. Panel two on ancient Dhofar focused on the urban life of Al Baleed, pastoral territoriality, the role of water resources in interregional trade. The final panel, on the intersection of modern cultural tourism and ancient sites, established plans for future preservation and tourism frameworks, the challenges of archaeological tourism in Oman, and the role of experiential and experimental cultural heritage projects.

This conference marked the first time that representatives from all active American-based archaeological digs in Oman participated in the same academic conference.

Pictures from the conference can be found here.

Posted By: jmahmood - Friday, 27 April, 2018 at 12:00 AM