Excavated Late Iron Age graves at al-Bustan, Oman. Left: excavated, right: prior to excavation.
Aerial view of excavated Late Iron Age graves at al-Bustan.

Archaeological site in Oman.

Al Bustān

Country Oman
GovernorateMuscat Governorate
Time zoneUTC+4 (Oman Standard Time)
Bandar Al Rowdha East Breakwater Lighthouse
Al-Bustan, Oman is located in Oman
Al-Bustan, Oman
LocationAl Bustan
Coordinates23°35′03.8″N 58°36′28.2″E / 23.584389°N 58.607833°E / 23.584389; 58.607833
Foundationconcrete base
Constructionmetal post
Tower shapecylindrical post
Tower height7 metres (23 ft)
Focal height9 metres (30 ft)
Range3 nautical miles (5.6 km; 3.5 mi)
CharacteristicFl (2) R 5s.
Admiralty numberD7318.4
NGA number28610 [1]

Al Bustān (Arabic: البستان‎) is a village in Muscat, in eastern Oman.[2] (23°34'15.02"; 58°36'32.70"E, 8 m altitude). This cemetery was used during the Samad Late Iron Age.

Coordinates: 23°34′15″N 58°36′33″E / 23.57083°N 58.60917°E / 23.57083; 58.60917


In 1991 the Ministry of National Heritage and Culture became aware of this cemetery, close to the Al-Bustan Palace.

In the same year a team from the German Mining Museum in Bochum excavated seven graves.


  • Paul Yule, Die Gräberfelder in Samad al-Shan (Sultanat Oman): Materialien zu einer Kulturgeschichte (2001), Taf. 482-500 ISBN 3-89646-634-8.[1]
  • Paul Yule, Cross-roads – Early and Late Iron Age South-eastern Arabia, Abhandlungen Deutsche Orient-Gesellschaft, vol. 30, Wiesbaden 2014, 89 ISBN 978-3-447-10127-1
  • Paul A. Yule, Valourising the Samad Late Iron Age, Arabian Archaeology and Epigraphy 27/1, 2016, 31‒71.

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  1. ^ NGA List of Lights – Pub.112 Retrieved 13 October 2016
  2. ^ National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency. Geonames database entry. (search) Accessed 2011-05-12.