Ruins of city of Moscha

These ruins are located on the eastern coast of Oman just west of Salalah in the Dhofar region. It is thought that these ruins are to be identified with the city of Abyssopolis mentioned by the classical Greek geographer Pliny. Arabic sources maintain the city was built by King Azz II who ruled over the Hadramawt in the first century CE. The city is now named Sumhurum and was excavated a number of times, including by Wendell Philips and the American Foundation for the Study of Man in 1952.

 

Nearby is a ruin identified as the palace of Bilqis, the Queen of Sheba, perhaps one of those supposed to have been built by Solomon.

 

Pitt Rivers