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Umm an Nar tombs in Wadi Qor

When the Al Ain chapter heads out for a daylong field trip in the Huwaylat area of Ras al Khaimah near Hatta, a drive down Wadi Qor towards the Gulf is often a part of the program.

  • View of the three tombs from the bottom of slope
  • Compound tomb in front, solitary pit tomb in back
  • Capstones in place (left)
  • General view of site
  • Placed stones circle pit tomb, capstones at fence
  • Opposite view of the pit tomb

One of the highlights down this magnificent wadi is an Umm an Nar period tomb excavated by officials from the Ras al Khaimah museum. It is one of the more spectacular Umm an Nar period tombs available to see in the country.

The site includes three tombs, one a pit grave, the other a circular tomb complex that appears to be two tombs constructed in at least two stages. The first tomb appears to be a typical Umm an Nar tomb constructed in a circular pattern with a center island of stone, the stone work on the island and the exterior circular wall constructed with corbelling stonework, evidence that the tomb chamber was covered.

The remains of a doorway/passage way leading to the burial chamber area is still in evidence.

This original tomb is surrounded on about one half to two-thirds of the circumference by a second tomb chamber, again featuring corbelling that allowed capstones to be placed over the burial chamber. Capstones covering some of this crescent-shaped tomb remain in place.

The three tombs are located about a kilometer from a hilltop settlement to the west.

Archaeologists working the site have stockpiled the capstones that once covered the burial chambers.


Patron: H.E. Sheikh Nahayan bin Mubarak Al Nahayan