The funeral towers at Jaylah were built 4,500 years ago during a period of prosperity in Oman that was funded by the trade of bronze. Dozens of such towers are found around the Arabian peninsula but those at Jaylah are some of the best preserved. This is largely because of their isolation on the edge of the Salmah plateau where only a handful of people live. Indeed the first road up to Jaylah hamlet was built in the late 1980s and it was at this time that the German Professor Paul Yule first described the site. The towers are 4-5m in height and 3-4m in diameter. Most have an inner and outer wall with the space filled in with rubble. A central vertical cylinder was left empty for human remains and possessions. The towers are in an original state.
This sunrise shot was taken after a freezing night spent in my tent at almost 2,000m. The site is completely open and rarely visited by anyone.