Beehive Tombs

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Bat, Oman
Beehive Tombs - Checking out the beehive tombs of Oman (John Keener photograph - all copyrights reserved)
Beehive Tombs - Getting closer as we hike towards the beehive tombs outside of Bat, Oman
Beehive Tombs - Most of the beehive tombs at our site were in good shape --- apparently the ceilings have collapsed in almost every tomb at the UNESCO site!
Beehive Tombs - Could you ask for a more brilliant setting???
Beehive Tombs - Looking to the beehive tombs from where we had to abandon our vehicle and begin on foot.
Beehive Tombs - The tombs are pretty much dry wall structures...but obviously very durable.
Beehive Tombs - Wanted to add a close up so you see how the stones were laid.

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Beehive Tombs, UNESCO World Heritage Site Feb 26, 2010
The beehive tombs outside of Bat in Oman are another UNESCO World Heritage Site. Although we didn’t get to the “official” site, we did come across a string of these communal graves along a ridge (about ten miles away) and stopped to check them out. It was a splendid cluster of about twenty five stone huts which are the burial site for two to five people. The average tomb at our site was roughly twelve feet in diameter and eight feet high, most well preserved but several in advanced states of deterioration.

The earliest beehive tombs date back to 3000 BC – five thousand years old! I’m actually grateful for this random encounter because we subsequently read in our guides that these outliers are much better preserved than the ones on the UNESCO premises. The benefit of visiting the official site is due to additional ruins of a settlement and fort. The UNESCO description for Bat extols it as the “most complete collection of settlements and necropolises from the 3rd millennium B.C. in the world”.

We were quite content to treasure these tombs from antiquity where we found them. Our beehives were beautifully nestled in the stark Hajar mountains beneath the deepest blue sky you could ever imagine. If your glance strayed from the wonder of the tombs there was only the comforting, majestic beauty of Oman. There was no way to lose.
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Dr_Seuss says:
Freebie as well so you wouldn't have got stung for cash
Posted on: May 08, 2010
Sweetski says:
I read about them in your blog, but couldn't resist smiling here too :D
Posted on: May 07, 2010
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