Part of the road that snakes through the hills from Ibra up to the tomb site at Al Jaylah.
One the plains we passed through on the way up.
Amazing colours in the hills.
The colours in the rock come from copper (green) and iron oxide (red).
Iron oxide in the rocks giving a red colour while the hill next to it is green from the copper deposits.
Hills on the road up from Ibra.
On the road up to Al Jaylah.
On the road from Ibra to Al Jaylah
The first view of the tombs, standing like sightless guardians on the hills.
The tombs at Al Jaylah, some of which stood 5 metres tall, are believed to be around 4,000 years told..
The tombs are constructed with an inner and outer wall, the gap between was filled with small stones and pieces of rock.
One tomb almost intact while the other has crumbled. There are 90 tombs in the area.
Carolynn and Carolyn.
Colin's fantastic photo of a tomb at Al Jaylah.
Two of the tombs, one in excellent condition, looking out over the Shir plateau.
Even in the most inhospitable area there's slife.
Its not known whether the tombs were for burials only or whether they also served as markers on an ancient trade route. The copper trade flourished in this area in pre-Islamic times.
Master of all it surveys...........
The tombs seem to just rise up out of the ground. I wonder how long it would have taken to stack the rocks to build just one of these towers.
One of the tombs was perched on the edige of the cliff.
The tombs are believed to be 4,000 years old.
The entrance to one of the tombs.
The tombs were "discovered" in the 1990s when a German archaeologist was flicking through a book of aerial photos of the area. He recognised the tombs for what they are and organised the first field trip into the area. It was around this time that the Majlis al Jinn which is about 30 minutes drive from the tombs, was discovered.
From one of the tombs looking over the plateau.
More tombs on the hillside.
A close up of the tomb wall.