Qumayrah Valley (Oman), 2019

Qumayrah Valley

Dates of work: 18 November – 19 December 2019

Director: Prof. Piotr Bieliński (PCMA UW)

MHC representative: Sulaiman al-Jabri (Department of Excavations and Archaeological Studies, Ministry of Heritage and Culture, Sultanate of Oman)

Archaeologists: Magdalena Antos (independent), Dr. Marcin Białowarczuk (Institute of Archaeology, University of Warsaw), Dorota Bielińska, Dominika Majchrzak (Institute of Mediterranean and Oriental Cultures, Polish Academy of Sciences), Marta Momot, Dr. Agnieszka Pieńkowska, Agnieszka Szymczak (PCMA UW)
Geologist: Hubert Kiersnowski (Polish Archaeological Institute)
: Assoc. Prof. Barbara Woronko (Faculty of Geology, University of Warsaw)
Documentalist: Marek Puszkarski (PCMA UW)
Photographer: Adam Oleksiak (freelance)
Surveyor: Szymon Lenarczyk (freelance)
Student-trainees (Institute of Archaeology, University of Warsaw): Anna Graczyk, Gaweł Rzeźnik.

This campaign was supported by a Polish National Science Centre grant “Harmonia 10” for the project: “The development of settlement in the mountains of northern Oman in the Bronze and Iron Ages” (2018/30/M/HS3/00635). The project is co-directed by Dr. Sultan al-Bakri, Director General of Antiquities at the Ministry of Heritage and Tourism.


The main focus of the season was on excavating settlement remains from the Umm an-Nar period at the site of QA 3. Surface mapping and limited testing was done at the Umm an-Nar tower (site QA 4) situated on the other side of the wadi bed from QA 3.


Prof. Piotr Bieliński p.bielinski@uw.edu.pl