Al-Ghoryeen: An Early Bronze Age settlement in central Oman peninsula

Nasser Al-Jahwari*, Khaled A. Douglas, Mohamad A. Hesein

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Al-Ghoryeen, located 95 km southwest of Muscat, is a unique settlement dating to the Umm an-Nar period and is built upon a Late Hafit period settlement. It was found in 2004 and excavation began in 2018. Preliminary analysis of the results revealed two major occupation phases with an occupational gap in between. A change occurred between the earlier and later phases of the settlement system reflected mainly in the difference in building sizes and plan. We excavated either partially or completely a stone round tower and more than 10 domestic structures. The distribution of the architectural features including the round tower, domestic structures and burials showed some kind of organised settlement structure. The Hafit period settlement was tested in two trenches where 14C analysis dated the earliest occupation to the late Hafit period.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)281-300
Number of pages20
JournalArabian Archaeology and Epigraphy
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2020


  • Hafit
  • Oman
  • Umm an-Nar
  • mounded buildings
  • settlement
  • tower building

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Archaeology
  • Arts and Humanities(all)


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