Five archaeological sites of settlements and cemeteries dating back to the Um Al Nar era between 2500 and 2000 BC have been unearthed in the Wilayat of Saham. The sites are located at Dahwi, Wadi Al Sukhn and Al Thaqibah, 26 km to the west of Saham on the northern plains of Al Hajar Al Gharbi mountains. They were unearthed by the Archaeology Department, College of Arts and Social Sciences, Sultan Qaboos University (SQU). The excavations began at these sites in 2010.
“The survey unearthed a number of potteries and stone works which indicate these sites have a close connection with Indus, Mesopotamia and Iran civilisations,” said Dr Khalid Daghlas, Head of the Archaeology Department. This is proof that the settlers at these sites were engaged in copper smelting and trading. He said the explorations unearthed a number of cemeteries, which means the dead were buried in group cemeteries built from white sandstone. — ONA