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Oman (i/oʊˈmɑːn/ oh-
For a period, Oman was a moderate regional power, formerly having a sultanate extending
across the Strait of Hormuz to Iran, and modern day Pakistan, and far south to Zanzibar
on the coast of south-
Oman is an absolute monarchy in which the Sultan of Oman exercises ultimate authority
but its parliament has some legislative and oversight powers. In November 2010,
the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) listed Oman, from among 135 countries
worldwide, as the nation most-
World Heritage Graves in Al Ayn, Oman
Dereaze, located in the city of Ibri, is the oldest known human settlement in the
area, dating back as many as 8,000 years to the late Stone Age.
Archaeological remains have been discovered here from the Stone Age and the Bronze
Age; findings have included stone implements, animal bones, shells and fire hearths,
with the later dating back to 7615 BC as the oldest signs of human settlement in
the area. Other discoveries include hand-
On a mountain rock-
Wadi Shab, Oman, 2004
Sumerian tablets refer to a country called Magan or Makan, a name believed to refer
to Oman's ancient copper mines. Mazoon, another name used for the region, is derived
from the word muzn, which means heavy clouds which carry abundant water. The present-