Beehive Tombs

Beehive Tombs: The earliest stone-built tombs which can be called 'beehive', are in Oman, built of stacked flat stones which occur in nearby geological formations. They date to between 3,500 and 2,500 years BC, to a period when the Arabian peninsula was subject to much more rainfall than now, and supported a flourishing civilization in what is now desert, to the west of the mountain range along the Gulf of Oman.

No burial remains have ever been retrieved from these 'tombs', though there seems no other purpose for their building. They are built entirely above ground level and the entrances are usually an undifferentiated part of the circular walling of the tomb.


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