People living in Oman now have the opportunity to see indigenous relics and art that date back several millennia at the Cultural Club in Al-Qurum, reports the Oman Observer daily.
Among the main attractions are very rare Carnelian necklaces recovered from the ancient grave sites in Samad Ash'Shan in Al Mudhaibi; seals crafted from soft stone and a bronze necklace from Ras al Jinz dating to the 3rd Millennium BC This is the first public display of many of the items, while others have been used periodically to provide insight into the Sultanate's rich cultural history. "Many of the relics have been found over the past couple of years, but others go back many years,'' said Ali Ahmed Shanfari, Director of the Antiquities Department at the Ministry of National Heritage and Culture. "They have been placed on display only after being extensively researched," he added.
The exhibit includes relics from all major Oman archeological sites, and includes spears, arrow-heads, fish hooks, and shell-based jewelry. Also displayed are artifacts from the Sharqiya Sands, proving that humans have inhabited Oman for tens of thousands of years. Relics from Bat, site of the world-renowned beehive tombs, can also be seen at the exhibition. Al Balid and Samharam in the Dhofar region are also well-represented at the exhibition, with rare pottery samples being showcased.
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