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This book on rock paintings traces facets of civilisation

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Drawings and inscriptions on rocks illustrate life in ancient times.

Arabic book 'Life on an Outcrop' by Dr Ahmed al Rabani and Dr Suleiman al Mahdhuri illuminates cultural, social, economic, political and environmental dimensions of civilisation.

This book includes four studies dealing with drawings and rock inscriptions. It is in big demand at the Muscat International Book Fair. The book reveals many secrets associated with the art that spread in the various governorates of the Sultanate.

The first research paper gives a scientific reading of drawing and inscriptions. This paper also explains the historical importance and risks from nature and humans that threaten their survival.

The paper also proposes mechanisms to protect them from damage.

This research paper also discusses the new global trend called “creative tourism”, which offers opportunities for tourists to explore archaeological sites.

The second research paper highlights some archaeological models in the Wilayat of Al Amerat. It discusses the methods and techniques used in the past in writings and rock inscriptions.

The third research paper included in this book focuses on studying the development and spread of this art in the Niyabat of Al Hooqayin in the Wilayat of Al Rustaq. This study defines the methods and types of drawing used in the past and gives the reader detailed information about the temporal and spatial scope of these drawings. This research paper also devoted a good space to talk about the details of a group of ancient tombs.

The fourth paper contained in this book highlights the extent of communication throughout history. It focuses on the drawings and rock inscriptions in the Musandam Governorate.

Readers agree that the book has succeeded in its scientific treatment of this subject, as the researchers relied on the literature of previous studies in the Arab world and others.

“This book has detailed data and information about rock paintings in the Sultanate of Oman in particular and the world in general. We hope that the competent authorities support such efforts that contribute to documenting and introducing our archaeological sites as much as possible," a reader interested in archaeology told the Observer.

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