Tuesday, November 29, 2011

The Beehive Tombs of Al Ayn

The beehive tombs of Al Ayn is located in the rocky hills on the northern bank of Wadi Al Ayn about 30 kilometers north-east of Bat settlement in Wilayat Ibri, Ad Dhahirah Region .

The rolling hills of Al Ayn with Jabel Misht at backdrop 

The tombs are of the same beehive style tombs as the Bat settlements which are believed to date back to the third millennium B.C. There are 21 tombs that lined up in an almost straight line on a ridge near Jabel Misht. Each tomb measures 5 meters across, they are built in limestone blocks and have a triangular entrance facing east.

The tombs are lined up in an almost straight line

They measure 5 meters accross and built from limestone blocks

They have triangular entrance that faced East

The tombs have not been excavated and considered to be a very significant discovery in archaeological point of view. Together with the neighboring sites of Bat and Al-Khutm, they form the world's most complete anthology of settlements and necropolises dating back from the third millennium B.C. and for this reason they have been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1988.

The beehive tombs of Al Ayn, Oman is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site

Although getting to the Al Ayn tombs is a bit complicated because they are not provided with proper road direction and the site is not fully developed for visiting the attractions.

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