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Culture – Heritage – Oman – Discovery of bronze weapons dating from the Iron Age (March 10, 2016)

The French archaeological mission in Oman has just uncovered an exceptional collection of bronze weapons dating from Iron Age II (900-600 B.C.) near Adam, in the Sultanate of Oman.

The collection notably includes two complete quivers and weapons – including five bows - made of copper and bronze.

The archeological excavations - led by Guillaume Gernez from the Laboratoire Archéologies et Sciences de l’Antiquité -, which began in 2011 in this area, are aimed at gaining a better understanding of the political system, social practices and rituals that existed in ancient Arabia at that time.

This archeological mission notably receives support from the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development as well as from the Ministry of Heritage and Culture of the Sultanate of Oman.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development supports more than 160 archeological missions, from paleontology to the medieval period, in 65 countries.

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