Bat Archaeological Project

Bat Archaeological Project: Exploration of 3rd millennium structures and settlements at one of the most important sites in the Sultanate of Oman.

Photo caption: Bat team members at the Zibah Sanctuary.

Where
Modern village of Bat is in the Sultanate of Oman near the city of Ibri. This region in the past was known to Mesopotamians as "Magan", from which copper and other goods came.

When
Mostly focusing on the 3rd millennium BCE, but interested in the rise and decline of the Bronze Age in this region (thus ca. 3200-1800 BCE)

Researchers
Co-Director: Dr. Christopher P. Thornton, University of Pennsylvania and National Geographic
Co-Director: Dr. Charlotte M. Cable, Michigan State University

Additional Sponsors
University of Pennsylvania
National Geographic
Private donors

BAT_view_thumbThe Bat Archaeological Project was begun in 2007 under the direction of Museum Curator Gregory L. Possehl. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site located in the interior of Oman on the southern side of the Hajar Mountains. The site consists of the largest and best preserved Bronze Age cemetery in the region as well as a series of 3rd millennium habitation areas centered around large, circular structures known as "towers."

Bat_cairn_thumbOf the five "towers" in the Bat area, one (1145 or "Kasr al-Rojoom") was fully excavated by Frifelt, although she placed soundings at two others (1146 or "Kasr al-Khafaji" and 1147 or "Matariya"). Since 2008, the Bat Archaeological Project has continued excavations at these two partially-explored towers in search of their function and meaning to prehistoric peoples.

In addition to research on the "towers" of Oman, the Project seeks a larger understanding of the settlement dynamics of the interior of Oman. This involves both ground surveying for Bronze Age sites and excavations at Bronze Age settlement areas at Bat. It is hoped in the future to carry out excavations at some of the newly-discovered 3rd millennium towns revealed by our surveys in order to understand their relationship with the large "urban" center of Bat.

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3260 South Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104
(215) 898-4000

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First Wednesdays: 10:00am - 8:00pm
Monday: CLOSED

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