This is a collection of rock art images made during my travels.
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Note: A lot of the images have been colour shifted to enhance the rock art, otherwise some of it would be very faint against the rock surface.
Rock Art has only recently found prominence as a subject for serious research in the Middle East, mainly thanks to the efforts of Dr Majeed Khan who has dedicated many years to its investigation in Saudi Arabia.
Unfortunately here in Oman, it has found less interest, although there was a survey done in the 70’s and periodic interest since. Any real effort in cataloguing and preservation seems rather ‘half hearted’ with some sites showing extensive vandalism (Kilroy was here or its Arabic equivalent) being added by visitors.
Another example of disinterest is the Hasat Bani Salt’s figures (Wadi al-Abri between Ghumar and Bilad Sait) which are sculpted in low relief on an “exotic” over 6m in height. Exotics are large fragments of eroded metamorphosed marble which contrast with the surrounding mafic rock. Described by Paul Yule an archaeologist at the Ruprecht-Karls-Universität Heidelberg as South-eastern Arabia’s largest and most important rock art monument. It had a fence put round it several years back; go now and you will see the remains of the fence but more importantly ‘spray paint characters added’ this is like adding your own boat to a Turner painting !!!
Maybe one day enough interest will be show (as is happening in Saudi Arabia) before it is too late.