This project was under the expert guidance of Professor Dr. Gerd Weisgerber, German Mining Museum (DBM, Deutsches Bergbau Museum) in Bochum, who had been conducting archaeological excavations in Oman for more than two decades
The German Mining Museum had been conducting archaeological research in Oman for more than two and a half decades. It focused mainly on two main points. In addition to the work of other foreign expeditions, research was carried out to develop a general pre- and early history of the eastern Arabian Peninsula, specifically only as it pertains to the Omani mining archeology.
It is thanks to him that the importance of the local copper deposits for Mesopotamia in the 3rd Millennium BC were disovered, and also the discoveries of mining and metallurgy from the Islamic middle ages. Because the DBM had also already created the documentation for UNESCO on the Omani World Heritage Project at Bahla Fort, with plans which created a sensation, it was again asked for help and cooperation.
The Ministry of Heritage and Culture of the Sultanate of Oman and its Department of Antiquities in Muscat are planning this most significant complex in order to preserve, research, and restore the 5000 year old Bronze Age ruins in Bat at lbri, eventually to open them for tourism.
Having already been discussed in 2002/03, the future protected area was officially listed at the land registry office, and in 2004 and 2005 at the request and invitation of the Ministry two expeditions were conducted. The Ministry covered some of the costs, but the undertaking was only made possible with the financial support of the German Omani Association.
In 2004 the Association first sponsored the project with a donation of € 11,000.00
In January 2006 the Association supported the 2006 campaign with an additional subsidy of € 6000.
The 2007 campaign was supported with a further € 6000, and in 2009 another €1000 was donated as the work was concluded