The types of objects excavated at Saruq Al-Hadid, prove that the people at this site were in contact with the major cultural centers of the ancient world, including those in Mesopotamia, Syria, India, and Egypt. In many ways this is not surprising. Geographically, Saruq Al-Hadid was at the crossroads of sea and land routes between some of the most influential civilisations of the time. It was also halfway between the Hajar mountains, a source of raw materials such as copper ore, and the sea.
We do not yet know, however, what form Saruq Al-Hadid’s links with the wider world took. We don’t know if the metalworkers made their objects to trade or simply for use in the immediate area. Whatever the case, many of the objects in the museum have features that are also seen in objects made far from Saruq Al-Hadid. This suggests that there must have been some kind of connection with these distant cultures.