Last week’s staff breakfast introduced us to the Ras al-Hadd excavations, undertaken by colleagues in the Middle East Department at the BM.
The Ras al-Hadd peninsula is situated on the eastern coast of Oman, where the Gulf of Oman spills from the Persian Gulf into the Arabian Sea and the Indian Ocean. This places it at an important point for ancient trading between East Africa, the Indian subcontinent and the Arabian Peninsula, and gives great potential to the archaeology of the area.
The BM initially undertook a survey, soundings and some excavation works in the area in the 1990’s and were invited back, by the Ministry of Heritage and Culture of Oman, to continue the work in 2013/14. This time investigating previous occupation at the site of the fort at Hadd.