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Discovering Ancient Oman

Model of a Magan boat

Model of Magan boat (Courtesy of the Office of the Adviser to HM the Sultan for Cultural Affairs)

Salalah, The Museum of the Frankincense Land
 
This model represents the hypothetical reconstruction of a trading vessel of the 3rd Millennium BC, according to the iconography on the cylinder seals and the archaeological evidence discovered at the Omani site of Ras al-Hadd. The hull was made of tightly bound bundles of marsh cane and reed mats were affixed to it. Only a few parts, such as the mast and sections of the rudder, were made of wood. The hull was waterproofed inside and out with bitumen; hence these crafts were known as “the black ships of Magan”. (AP)