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Découverte d’une inscription bilingue à Mleiha (Sharjah – Emirats arabes unis)

Article du Times of Oman, en date du 31 janvier 2016

An archaeological team at Mleiha in Sharjah has discovered a tomb dating back to 216-215 BC, making it the oldest historical discovery that refers to Oman and also proves that the ancient Kingdom of Oman existed in the late 3rd century BC.

« The recovered treasure features inscriptions engraved on a huge grave consisting of an underground burial chamber measuring 5.2X5.2 square metres. The inscription, written in Aramaic and a southern Arabic language, states that the tomb was built by the son of a certain Amid, who was in the service of the king of Oman, » Dr Bruno Overlaet, Curator, Ancient Near East, Iran and Islam collections at Royal Museums of Art and History, Brussels, wrote in an email interview he gave to the Times of Oman.

« The local Abiel dynasty, known from its coins minted at Mleiha, can in all probability be associated with this title of « King of Oman ». Their kingdom was apparently centred around Mleiha and probably consisted of the territory of the UAE and the northern parts of Oman, » the curator added.

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