Characteristics of Oman's archaeological resource: A preliminary review of management prospects

Mohammed Ali K. Al-Belushi*

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This paper is a preliminary overview of the main characteristics of the archaeological resource of Oman from a management perspective. It looks at the resource in terms of form, space and time. It covers a pilot statistical analysis of the archaeological data so far input into the proposed National Archaeological Database of Oman (NADO). The main findings of this analysis show that the management of Omani archaeological resource lacks a well-defined strategic research plan, and that there are large research gaps in many geographical and chronological areas. It also shows that the governmental organisations responsible for the management of the country's archaeological resource are not taking into consideration the potential benefits of archaeological records in their management practices.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)121-137
Number of pages17
JournalArabian Archaeology and Epigraphy
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - May 2014
Externally publishedYes


  • Archaeological databases
  • Archaeological resource management
  • Characteristics
  • Oman
  • Quantitative analysis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Archaeology
  • Arts and Humanities(all)


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