Bat necropolis (مـقـابـر بـات) is a prehistoric site near Ibri in Al Dhahira region. The necropolis consists of several “beehive” tombs and domes that were part of the prehistoric settlement of Bat that dates back to the 3rd millennium B.C, meaning that they are over 4,000 years old! The necropolis at Bat is about 30 minutes drive from Ibri, and you may combine your visit there by exploring the other archaeological sites at Al Khutm and Al Ayn, in addition to checking out Wadi Dhum and Ibri Castle if you haven’t already.
Bat necropolis is not a single site but consists of several structures scattered around a large area. The necropolis along with the archaeological sites in Al Khutm and Al Ayn are one of the four sites from Oman inscribed in the UNESCO World Heritage List, where the form the “most complete” collection of settlements and necropolisis” from that period in the whole world! Right in our back-yard, less than 300 kms away from Muscat.
There are several tombs still under renovation in the area but many of them are complete. There are signs from the Ministry of Culture and Heritage indicating that this is a protected area, but unfortunately it does not include any other information, not not even the name of the place. The area around the necropolis is fenced but you can walk close enough to take some pictures.
You can find the google map coordinates of the beehives at Bat necropolis here:
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Unfortunately, during our visit to Bat necropolis we struggled to find the location of the tombs and by the time we spotted the first structure it was close to sunset so we didn’t have time a lot of time to explore.
I suggest heading here early in the morning from Ibri allowing a couple of hours to fully explore the place especially if you plan on visiting the archaeological structure in Al Ayn. We also noticed similar beehive structures on the way to Wadi Dhum, we did not get to visit them but you can’t miss them if you are driving from Ibri to Wadi Dhum. You may also check the World Heritage Sites article on Bath, Al Khutm and Al Ayn for more information about these beehive structures.
Have you visited the tombs at Bat necropolis? What did you think of them?