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HISTORY & TRADITIONS - ARCHAEOLOGY

Fossils show Abu Dhabi was once a savannah

Posted on 29/07/2013

Work on the national railway has uncovered fossils up to eight million years old that give an insight into a time when Abu Dhabi's desert sands were lush savannah. Among the finds at the site, south-east of the Ruwais oil refinery, are crocodile, elephant and antelope bones and ostrich egg shells. Fossilised fish, along with traces of the roots of ancient plants, have also been found. The findings date from the late Miocene Epoch, between 6 and 8 million years ago, and help confirm ...  >>MORE

Fossils of extinct rat found in Abu Dhabi

Posted on 27/06/2013

Fossils of a long-extinct breed of cane rat have been found in Abu Dhabi and the creature has been named after a local chickpea dish called dango. The animal was named proto-hummus dango because of its small, round, yellow teeth. It is the first time evidence of its existence has been found. "The small teeth look just like chickpeas do when you cook them and they get slightly squished,” said Mark Beech, coastal heritage and palaeontology manager of historic environment at Abu Dhabi Tourism ...  >>MORE

Abu Dhabi Neolithic sites could become heritage trail

Posted on 19/06/2013

An island off the coast of Abu Dhabi where dozens of pre-historic settlements were found last year could be opened up to the public as part of a heritage trail. An archaeological survey conducted last November on Gagha, a small uninhabited island off the coast of Al Gharbia, by scientists from the UK's University of Southampton, found more than 40 sites that indicate settlements dating back to Neolithic times. Peter Sheehan, historic buildings manager at Abu Dhabi Tourism and Culture ...  >>MORE

Geophysical scans in Maliha site in Sharjah

Posted on 22/04/2013

A number of geophysical scan operations have been carried out by the Archaeology administration of the Department of Information in cooperation with a team of German Specialists at the Maliha Archaeological site, using a number of special radar equipment to analyse archaeological levels from different depths. This operation, documented and studied by a computer, allows to define the levels on which buildings and other buried archaeological structures lay. Dr. Sabah Jassim, in charge of the ...  >>MORE

Sharjah Archaeology Museum celebrates its 20th anniversary

Posted on 08/04/2013

Twenty years of archaeological discoveries will be on display at the Sharjah Archaeology Museum, marking its 20th anniversary. The exhibition titled "Our Monuments Narrate Our History" includes findings unearthed since the first local archaeological excavation mission in 1993. The exhibition, which will run until October 7, was officially opened by Sheikh Salem Bin Abdul Rahman Al Qasimi, Director of the Office of His Highness the Ruler of Sharjah. Organised by the Sharjah Museums Department ...  >>MORE

Ancient graves unearthed in RAK

Posted on 07/04/2013

Graves dating back to 2000BC mark an impressive archaeological heritage and rich cultural history unearthed during the construction of the Sheikh Mohammad Bin Zayed Road project in Ras Al Khaimah, Gulf News has learnt. Sheikh Mohammad Bin Zayed Road, earlier known as Emirates Road, is one of the strategic routes in the UAE’s land transport and road network. The Sieh Al Herf site, next to Al Salhiya Road, just off Sheikh Mohammad Bin Zayed Road in Ras Al Khaimah, was discovered in October ...  >>MORE

New archaeological site found in Ras Al Khaimah

Posted on 11/02/2013

Graves dating back to 2000BC have been unearthed during the construction of the Sheikh Mohammad Bin Zayed Road project in Ras Al Khaimah, Gulf News has learnt. The Sieh Al Herf site, next to Al Salhiya Road, just off Sheikh Mohammad Bin Zayed Road in Ras Al Khaimah, was discovered in October. It contains graves, ancient tombs and archaeological artefacts. The Sheikh Mohammad Bin Zayed project passes by about ten features of the archaeological site, including two graves. The first is an ...  >>MORE

Unique insight into UAE's ancient civilisations at Sorbonne Abu Dhabi lecture

Posted on 06/02/2013

Paris-Sorbonne University Abu Dhabi held a lecture by Dr. Walid Yasin Al Tikriti a field archaeologist and expert from Tourism and Culture Authority (TCA), on the archaeology of Umm an-Nar island, Hili and Bida Bint Saud with a primary focus on rock art. On Monday, 4th February 2013, this discussion explored the Bronze and Iron Age communities and monuments, including cemeteries, which disclosed the culture and lifestyle of UAE's early inhabitants. The presentation introduced the main ...  >>MORE

Digging into Sharjah’s past

Posted on 15/01/2013

Excavation campaigns have continued in Sharjah since last autumn, with a Belgian mission from Ghent University digging the Mleiha site, where it completed excavation on the cemeteries built underground. The mission unearthed remains of mud-brick-residential buildings and the finds included various collections of pottery and other artefacts. Work was carried out by a joint mission from the University of Tubingen in Germany and the department of antiquities in Sharjah, and archaeologists worked ...  >>MORE

Sharjah site unravels 2,000-year-old human remains

Posted on 10/01/2013

Archaeologists have uncovered a tower-shaped tomb in Sharjah containing human remains that are more than 2,000 years old. It was one of several major archaeological discoveries in the emirate last year. A large wall with trenches that surrounded a city about 3,000 years ago was also found by the Sharjah Department of Culture and Information's archaeological section, in co-operation with foreign teams. The tomb was found at a site in Maliha by a team from Belgium and one from Sharjah after ...  >>MORE

Archaeologists find historical secrets beneath Sharjah

Posted on 20/12/2012

Archaeologists have used cutting-edge technology to unlock secrets of the past buried deep beneath the ground. The team found long-lost features of an abandoned village in Sharjah, but some valuable archaeological material had already been obliterated by the construction of modern buildings in the city centre. The areas surveyed were Al Khan, an abandoned fishing village in the south of the emirate, and the Heart of Sharjah. The researchers used ground penetrating radar (GPR) and magnetometry ...  >>MORE

Archaeological survey launched in Al Seenia

Posted on 17/12/2012

A major new survey of the important archaeological site Al Seenia, in Umm Al Qaiwain, commenced on Saturday. The project is being undertaken by the National Council of Tourism and Antiquities (NCTA) in order to highlight the heritage of the UAE and its historical civilisation. The team consists of seven members, including specialists and experts in the field of archaeology, and museums from different emirates across the UAE. "The project aims to survey the island and determine its contents ...  >>MORE

Slowly solving riddles of the UAE's ancient ed-Dur

Posted on 02/10/2012

It was a windy autumn day in 1987 when Dr Ernie Haerinck first set foot on a sandy, circular mound in the area of Umm Al Qaiwain known as ed-Dur. The Belgian archaeologist recalls how on that day the strong wind or "dust devil” was throwing sand in his eyes, almost as if "protecting something”, to distract him away from what he was about to discover. "I felt it in my leg the minute I stepped on it that here, beneath me, there was something very special buried,” says Dr Haerinck. When the ...  >>MORE

Fujairah Al Badiya Mosque: UAE’s oldest mosque

Posted on 06/08/2012

With a built-in area of 53 square metres, it is not an imposing structure as Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque in Abu Dhabi or Al Farooq Omar bin Al Khattab Mosque (the Blue Mosque) in Dubai. Al Badiya Mosque can accommodate only 50 to 70 people and a tall man could barely stand upright inside, as the roof is only 1.5-metre high. Not a surprise as it is nestled in a hillside of Fujairah and structures in the hills are generally small as compared to those in the plains. However, it has a long story ...  >>MORE

Zayed University's new archaeology courses prepare students for careers

Posted on 06/05/2012

Emirati students now have an opportunity to learn about their heritage by sifting through ancient pottery on new field archaeology courses now on offer at Zayed University. The archaeological methods and knowledge are being offered at the university's Department of Archaeology. The course aims to provide insight into pottery study methodologies as well as help students discover and understand the rich heritage of the UAE. "Pottery is essential for archaeology, as it helps students analyse ...  >>MORE

Abu Dhabi Tourism and Culture to present Treasures of the World's Cultures Exhibition

Posted on 05/04/2012

Abu Dhabi Tourism '&' Culture Authority, is to present Treasures of the World's Cultures, an exhibition in collaboration with the British Museum, featuring regional loans from Al Ain National Museum and Sharjah Archaeology Museum. The exhibition tells the story of more than two million years of human life through some of the world's most magnificent objects at the Saadiyat Cultural District. From paintings that reflect the rich and varied traditions of Islamic art and tools made in East ...  >>MORE

Sultan bin Zayed's Centre launches book on Archaeology and History of UAE

Posted on 08/03/2012

The Sultan bin Zayed's Culture and Media Centre, has launched a book entitled "In the Land of the Emirates: The Archaeology and History of the UAE" by Dr. Daniel Potts, a renowned expert in Middle Eastern archaeology. Director General of the centre, Habib Al Sayegh, announced in a press conference held at the Centre's headquarters, that the publication is part of the series of books that the Culture and Media Centre plans to publish in line with the Centre's social responsibility under the ...  >>MORE

Digging into Sharjah's rich history

Posted on 04/03/2012

International teams are digging in the dust to gain an insight into Sharjah's past and unearth treasures from time gone by. Archaeological teams from the US, Belgium, Germany, Spain and Japan arrived last December and are expected to be in the emirate for another couple of months. "Each team is digging up on areas of their specific interests, in areas that cover the Palaeolithic Age, as well as the Bronze and Iron Age," said Dr Sabah Jasem, Director of Archaeological Excavations at ...  >>MORE

Abu Dhabi Authority for Tourism and Culture uses advanced scientific methods to study and preserve artefacts

Posted on 15/02/2012

The Abu Dhabi Authority for Tourism and Culture (ADATC) is making extensive efforts to use scientific methods in the study and preservation of the heritage of Abu Dhabi. The Authority has accumulated collections of ancient Islamic manuscripts along with artefacts extracted from Hili and Rumailah, and is planning to use these advanced techniques in traditional buildings in Al Ain and Liwa. The Authority's restoration experts made a number of scientific studies on the contribution of the ...  >>MORE

New archaeological discoveries in Umm Al Qaiwain

Posted on 16/01/2012

Umm Al Qaiwain - Department of Archaeology and Heritage in Umm Al Qaiwain has announced new discoveries at al-Dur archaeological site, north eastern of the emirate. Some of the items uncovered at al-Dur include a bronze ring, agate and glass beads, a large jar containing a small glazed-pottery dish,, iron arrow, and dagger blades. Archaeological excavations started in 1970 and continue up to date. The largest pre-Islamic site on the Gulf coast of the UAE, al-Dur is enormous, extending for ...  >>MORE

Int'l archaeological teams arrive in Sharjah

Posted on 03/01/2012

Archaeological teams from the U.S, Belgium, Germany, Spain and Japan have arrived in Sharjah to start excavations at different ancient locations in the emirate of Sharjah for a better insight into the history of the area. The Belgian mission will start work at the Maleeha site to dig out more underground tombs. Previously, six such tombs containing skeletons were among the finds by this mission. Germany's Tubingen Archaeological Project which is run by the University of Tubingen will join ...  >>MORE

Ancient settlements detected at Dalma Island and Al Khan

Posted on 02/11/2011

Archaeologists have discovered the buried remains of Neolithic, medieval and later structures at two sites using sophisticated imaging technology. The group from the UK's University of Southampton spent the past two weeks examining coastal sites on Dalma Island in Al Gharbia and Al Khan in Sharjah, and said Neolithic man was not as different from people today as one might think. "For thousands of years people were probably just hauling their fishing boats up with their catch and having a ...  >>MORE

UAE seeks ICCROM's assistance to restore archaeological sites

Posted on 14/09/2011

Director General of the National Council of Tourism and Antiquities Mohammed Khamis Al Muhairi explored yesterday with the visiting Director-General of the UNESCO's International Centre for the Study of the Preservation and Restoration of the Cultural Property (ICCROM), Dr. Mounir Bouchenaki, avenues of joint cooperation in safeguarding, research and renovation of cultural assets. Al Muhairi said partnership with the UNESCO would deliver significant benefit to the UAE in terms of ...  >>MORE

Al Ain's World Heritage tombs can now rest in peace

Posted on 03/07/2011

Looking down from the top of Jebel Hafeet, the area's highest peak, one can begin to understand the complexity of the area below - and why it was named as a Unesco world heritage site this week. Extending 13km from north to south, and straddling the borders between UAE and Oman, the prehistoric mountain overlooks two of the important cultural elements that gained Al Ain the coveted international recognition: the lush Al Ain and Buraimi oases and a 4th millennium funerary landscape cluttered ...  >>MORE

ADACH conducts laser surveys to Hili-17 archaeological sites in Al Ain

Posted on 24/05/2011

The Abu Dhabi Authority for Culture and Heritage (ADACH) has commenced measures required to maintain the Hili-17 site in Al Ain City, as part of a broader plan aimed at redevelopment of natural and cultural resources of the archaeological Hili garden and present it to the public. In order to start the activities of conservation without delaying research on this archaeological site of a great importance, it was necessary to have the full documentation of this site, so that its features, ...  >>MORE

Remains of historic city found in Al Ain

Posted on 03/05/2011

The remains of two Abbasid houses have just been found in Al Ain, along with several pots and artefacts. The archaeological discovery has been made on the land belonging to the President, His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan in the city's Ud Al Tawbah region, while excavating for laying the foundation for a new mosque. "We are going to redesign the project to be integrated with this historic discovery. All the components of the mosque will be in architectural harmony with the ...  >>MORE

Artefacts reveal history of Abu Dhabi as trading hub

Posted on 02/05/2011

An archaeological exhibition that gave an insight into a time when Abu Dhabi was at the centre of a vibrant trading culture in the Arabian Peninsula ended Sunday. Opened on February 2 by Sheikh Tahnoun Bin Mohammad Al Nahyan, the Ruler's Representative in the Eastern Region, next to the historic Jahili Fort, the exhibition titled ‘The Dawn of History' attracted thousands of visitors over the last three months. Some of the artefacts date back to 10,000 years. The 4,500-year-old Hili Grand ...  >>MORE

The Ancient Past of Abu Dhabi attracts more people

Posted on 28/04/2011

A unique view of Abu Dhabi is drawing to a close as "The Dawn of History: Revealing the Ancient Past of Abu Dhabi", a major exhibition at Al Jahili Fort in Al Ain, nears the end of a successful three-month run. The exhibition showcases the finds of Danish archaeological digs from 1958 to 1972 and includes hundreds of priceless artefacts dating back 10,000 years. The finds give a fascinating insight in to a time when this part of the Arabian Peninsula was at the centre of a vibrant trading ...  >>MORE

ADACH publishes monographic book on Umm an-Nar Island

Posted on 18/04/2011

The Historic Environment Department of the Abu Dhabi Authority for Culture and Heritage has published a monographic book that summaries and discusses the current state of the sites on the Umm an-Nar Island, which must have lived at least three centuries (2600-2300 BC). The book entitled "Archaeology of Umm an-Nar Island 1959-2009" is written by Dr. Walid Yasin Al Tikriti, head of the archaeology at ADACH. The Umm an-Nar culture, as indicated from inland 3rd millennium BC, covers no more ...  >>MORE

Abu Dhabi Police foil deal on fake antiquities worth Dh3.2 million

Posted on 10/04/2011

Abu Dhabi Police foiled selling of fake Pre-Islamic era antiquities worth Dh3.2 million when they arrested the accused red handed. The Criminal Investigation Department (CID) at Abu Dhabi Police recently arrested two Arabs, one is a cook, while another is a construction worker, in connection with an attempt to sell the two pieces of fake antiquities dating back to 500 B.C., according to Brig. Hamad Ahmed Al Hamadi, Director of the CID. He added that the analysis results show the two pieces ...  >>MORE

ADACH sets comprehensive vision to safeguard tangible and intangible heritage

Posted on 29/03/2011

Mohammed Khalaf Al Mazrouei, Advisor for Culture and Heritage in the Court of His Highness the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Director General of the Abu Dhabi Authority for Culture and Heritage has said that archaeological sites provide a link between the past, the present and the future. "They contain a wealth of priceless treasures of an historical, civil, cultural and even economic nature. They give a clear indication of the contributions made by states and peoples throughout thousands of ...  >>MORE

Sharjah-Germany's Tubingen Archaeological Project announce new findings at Faya

Posted on 06/03/2011

The Joint Sharjah-Germany's Tubingen Archaeological Project has announced new important findings from an eight year archaeological excavation at Jebel Faya, an inland desert site in Sharjah, UAE. The new findings reveal that modern humans migrated out of Africa much earlier than previously thought, helped by global fluctuations in sea-level and climate change in the Arabian Peninsula. These findings will stimulate a re-evaluation of the means by which modern humans became a global species, ...  >>MORE

Scientists discover ancient RAK caves

Posted on 27/01/2011

Six of the world's leading experts from Slovenia's Karst Institute and UAE University have discovered the remnants of a cave network that may have existed millions of years ago. The cave is thought to predate the surrounding wadi and should provide clues about the UAE's former climate, geography and water. The discovery happened by chance at the beginning of the week when they asked for help from a young man, known to them only as Talal, when they were lost in Wadi Haqil. "Just by chance ...  >>MORE

The Dawn of history exhibition to revel the ancient past of Abu Dhabi

Posted on 27/01/2011

"The excavations of the Danish archaeologist in 1959-1961 provided the first glimpse of a time 4,000-5,000 years ago when this part of the Arabian Peninsula was at the centre of a vibrant, rich culture that managed the production and distribution of vast amounts of copper to the ancient world" said Mohammed Khalaf Al Mazrouei, Advisor for Culture and Heritage in the Court of His Highness the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, Director General of Abu Dhabi Authority for Culture and Heritage (ADACH). ...  >>MORE

ADACH to organise exhibition on archaeological discoveries in Abu Dhabi

Posted on 25/01/2011

Under the Patronage of Sheikh Tahnoun bin Mohammed Al Nahyan, Abu Dhabi Ruler`s Representative in the Eastern Region, The Abu Dhabi Authority for Culture and Heritage (ADACH) is organising a three-month exhibition from next displaying the archaeological discoveries found in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi. The event will be entitled "Dawn of History: Revealing the Ancient Past of Abu Dhabi" and will be held next to the Al-Jahili Fort in Al Ain. The exhibition, to be organised jointly with the Danish ...  >>MORE

Progress threatens rare UAE rock drawings

Posted on 16/01/2011

Some are mere scratches on a rock surface, others depict indigenous animals, such as camels, hyenas and leopards. There are human stick figures too, some riding horses, others engaged in battle. These rare ancient petroglyphs, or rock art, can be found scattered across the mountainous terrains of the UAE, in Fujairah, Ras al Khaimah and Hatta, and across other parts of the Arab world. These treasures are thousands of years old and are believed to date back to the Iron age, between 1300BC to ...  >>MORE

ADACH brings "Dawn of History" exhibition to Abu Dhabi

Posted on 05/01/2011

The Abu Dhabi Authority for Culture '&' Heritage (ADACH) is organising an exhibition next month at the Al Jahili Fort in Al-Ain City to highlight a historic excavation by Danish archaeologists in Abu Dhabi between 1958 and 1972. This exhibition will is jointly organised by ADACH and Moesgard Museum. Sheikh Sultan bin Tahnoon Al Nahyan, Chairman of ADACH, said:"ADACH adopts a comprehensive view for Emirati culture and is preserving the tangible and intangible heritage of the region, while ...  >>MORE

The UAE's only known Christian Archaeological Site opens to the public on Sir Bani Yas Island

Posted on 12/12/2010

Developed by Tourism Development '&' Investment Company (TDIC), Desert Islands, the region's premier nature-based tourism destination, has announced the opening of the UAE's only discovered Christian monastery to the public on Sir Bani Yas Island. This historically important archaeological site makes Sir Bani Yas one of the very few destinations in the world to offer a holistic tourism experience, covering wildlife, nature based activities, a 5-star boutique hotel and sites of historical ...  >>MORE

NCTA passes Federal Archaeological Resources Protection Act

Posted on 29/08/2010

The board of the National Council of Tourism and Antiquities (NCTA) approved yesterday in its third meeting the final draft of the Archaeological Resources Protection Act as a preliminary step toward submitting it to the federal Cabinet. Mohammed Khamis Al Muhairi, Director of NCTA, said the meeting had dedicated ample time of the meeting to review all articles of the bill and mechanisms of its implementation on the ground as well as its impact on conserving and protecting the UAE heritage to ...  >>MORE

UAE to participate in GCC Archaeological Exhibition

Posted on 23/08/2010

The National Council of Tourism and Antiquities has held the first coordination meeting to discuss the UAE participation in the forthcoming 3rd GCC Archaeological Exhibition, scheduled in Doha, Qatar, next December. The UAE's participation in the said exhibition will be the first since the creation of the Council, according to Director General of National Council of Tourism and Antiquities Khamis Al-Muhairi. The meeting discussed contributions by each one of the emirates, information on ...  >>MORE

Sharjah artefacts to go on show in US horse museum

Posted on 06/07/2010

The Museums Department in Sharjah has lent two of its most prized possessions to the Kentucky Horse Park's International Museum of the Horse. The items — a golden bridle and a silver horse figure — were excavated in the emirate, and will appear in a short-term exhibition at the Kentucky museum in the US. The artefacts have been on permanent display at the Sharjah Archaeology Museum. The exhibition — A Gift from the Desert: the Art, History, and Culture of the Arabian Horse — is being held ...  >>MORE

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Fossils show Abu Dhabi was once a savannah


Fossils of extinct rat found in Abu Dhabi


Abu Dhabi Neolithic sites could become heritage trail


Geophysical scans in Maliha site in Sharjah


Sharjah Archaeology Museum celebrates its 20th anniversary


Ancient graves unearthed in RAK


New archaeological site found in Ras Al Khaimah


Unique insight into UAE's ancient civilisations at Sorbonne Abu Dhabi lecture


Digging into Sharjah’s past


Sharjah site unravels 2,000-year-old human remains


Archaeologists find historical secrets beneath Sharjah


Archaeological survey launched in Al Seenia


Slowly solving riddles of the UAE's ancient ed-Dur


Fujairah Al Badiya Mosque: UAE’s oldest mosque


Zayed University's new archaeology courses prepare students for careers


Abu Dhabi Tourism and Culture to present Treasures of the World's Cultures Exhibition


Sultan bin Zayed's Centre launches book on Archaeology and History of UAE


Digging into Sharjah's rich history


Abu Dhabi Authority for Tourism and Culture uses advanced scientific methods to study and preserve artefacts


New archaeological discoveries in Umm Al Qaiwain


Int'l archaeological teams arrive in Sharjah


Ancient settlements detected at Dalma Island and Al Khan


UAE seeks ICCROM's assistance to restore archaeological sites


Al Ain's World Heritage tombs can now rest in peace


ADACH conducts laser surveys to Hili-17 archaeological sites in Al Ain


Remains of historic city found in Al Ain


Artefacts reveal history of Abu Dhabi as trading hub


The Ancient Past of Abu Dhabi attracts more people


ADACH publishes monographic book on Umm an-Nar Island


Abu Dhabi Police foil deal on fake antiquities worth Dh3.2 million


ADACH sets comprehensive vision to safeguard tangible and intangible heritage


Sharjah-Germany's Tubingen Archaeological Project announce new findings at Faya


Scientists discover ancient RAK caves


The Dawn of history exhibition to revel the ancient past of Abu Dhabi


ADACH to organise exhibition on archaeological discoveries in Abu Dhabi


Progress threatens rare UAE rock drawings


ADACH brings "Dawn of History" exhibition to Abu Dhabi


The UAE's only known Christian Archaeological Site opens to the public on Sir Bani Yas Island


NCTA passes Federal Archaeological Resources Protection Act


UAE to participate in GCC Archaeological Exhibition


Sharjah artefacts to go on show in US horse museum