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HISTORY & TRADITIONS - ARCHAEOLOGY

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

Archaeology law in the offing

Posted on 13/06/2010

The National Council for Tourism and Archaeology (NCTA) has discussed a draft law on protecting the country's archaeological heritage. The law aims regulating the excavation, documentation and protection of the nation's antiquities. Discussions came at a meeting held on Thursday in Dubai and chaired by Minister of Culture, Youth and Community Development Abdul Rahman Al-Owais who also chairs the board of directors of NCTA. Al Owais urged the NCTA members to carefully and thoroughly evaluate ...  >>MORE

Race against time to save rock art

Posted on 30/05/2010

WADI AL HAYL - It's a typical wadi to the untrained eye, consisting of brown rock and dry, dusty river beds. To Dr Michele Ziolkowski, however, it is an open-air art gallery that tells the story of those who lived there thousands of years ago. Dr Ziolkowski is a neophyte by comparison. She came to the UAE in 1993 as an undergraduate student from the University of Sydney and first worked at the Fujairah site on a metallurgy survey. A group of petroglyphs – pictures or inscriptions carved in ...  >>MORE

Police returns antiquities looted from Halat Al Bahrani Island

Posted on 09/05/2010

Abu Dhabi Police has recovered rare antiquities and ancient coins dating back to different eras. The antiquities were thought to have been excavated illegally from Halat Al Bahrani Island 20 years ago. According to Colonel Hammad Ahmed Al Hammadi, Director of Criminal Investigation Department at Abu Dhabi Police, the antiquities, including 33 UAE and Arab coins minted in different ancient times, were held by a Syrian investor for 20 years after being unearthed illegally from Halat Al Bahrani ...  >>MORE

Film unveils UAE's rich archaeological history

Posted on 15/04/2010

A campaign that introduces the history and monuments of the UAE will begin today. Anasy Media Production will launch its series of events for the national campaign — Home of History, Future's Nation. The campaign aims to introduce the history and monuments of the UAE through various events, the most important of which is distributing the first documentary about the UAE's archaeology and history, Home of History, Future's Nation. The film, produced by Anasy, embodies and reveals the vision of ...  >>MORE

The oldest sanctuary in Arabia discovered: a dugong bone mound on Akab Island

Posted on 11/04/2010

Umm Al Qaiwain - The French archaeological mission to the United Arab Emirates and the museum of the Umm al-Qaiwain Emirate (UAE) have recently discovered the oldest sanctuary in Arabia (3500-3200 BC), as well as the oldest known ceremonial site dedicated to a very particular marine mammal, the dugong (Dugong dugon). These results have just been published in the international review Antiquity. The Arabian Peninsula has provided very little data on the beliefs and ancient ritual practices. ...  >>MORE

Sharjah site declared oldest evidence yet of humans in UAE

Posted on 04/04/2010

In a remote region of Sharjah, a vital archaeological site has unearthed what may be the oldest datable evidence of human life in the UAE, from between 100,000 and 120,000 years ago,. The site dates from the Palaeolithic era – the early Stone Age – and provides further support for the "out of Africa” theory among archaeologists – that man originated in Africa, and then migrated into Asia before eventually spreading across the globe. The lead archaeologist at the dig, Hans-Peter Uerpmann, of ...  >>MORE

NCTA discusses draft law on protecting country's archaeological heritage

Posted on 01/04/2010

The National Council for Tourism and Archaeology (NCTA) has discussed a draft law on protecting the country's archaeological heritage. Discussions came at a meeting in Dubai chaired by Minister of Culture, Youth and Community Development Abdul Rahman Al-Owais who also chairs the board of directors of NCTA. The said draft law will be submitted to the cabinet. At the meeting, Director General of NCTA, Mohammed Khamis Al-Muhairi called on relevant authorities to come to an agreement on the ...  >>MORE

Important new fossils found in Abu Dhabi

Posted on 24/01/2010

The Abu Dhabi Authority for Culture and Heritage (ADACH) announced the discovery of new fossils in the Al Gharbia (Western Region), following recent archaeological expeditions in the area. The fossils included two complete large skulls belonging to crocodiles that had inhabited the river area some eight million years ago. The findings came about due to technical cooperation between the Department of Historic Environment at ADACH and the Peabody Museum of Natural History at Yale University ...  >>MORE

Move to protect historic landmarks on Delma Island

Posted on 21/07/2009

Al Gharbiya - An archaeological map for historic sites on Delma Island is being drawn by the Abu Dhabi Authority for Culture and Heritage (ADACH) with the aim of protecting the landmarks and preventing any construction activities there. Archaeological teams from ADACH have surveyed the island to locate the important archaeological sites in order to devise plans for restoration as well as draft strategic cultural policies. Mohammed Amer Al Neyadi, director of Historic Environment, ADACH, said ...  >>MORE

Yale-ADACH experts present Abu Dhabi fossil discoveries at China conference

Posted on 06/07/2009

The Abu Dhabi Authority for Culture and Heritage (ADACH) has showcased at an international conference in China the latest discoveries from Al Gharbia. A symposium and workshop entitled "Neogene Terrestrial Mammalian Biostratigraphy and Chronology in Asia" were held in Beijing from 8-14 June, 2009. Fossil experts from all over the world attended this important scientific meeting. This was a special conference dedicated to the latest research on mammalian fossil remains found throughout Asia. ...  >>MORE

British scientists explore Sharjah mountains

Posted on 15/06/2009

An archaeological team from the Royal Holloway University of London has arrived in Sharjah to carry out research to identify the archaeological layers of Al Faya Mountain in Sharjah using gamma rays. The studies on the mountain started last season, when an archaeological layer dating back over 100,000 years was found. This is the same period as early Homo sapiens - "wise man" which has the same anatomic features of modern people - left East Africa for the northern shores of the Indian Ocean ...  >>MORE

New archaeological discoveries at Al Shuwaib

Posted on 09/06/2009

The Abu Dhabi Authority of Culture and Heritage (ADACH) today announced new discoveries from the Neolithic Age and Late Islamic period at Al-Shuwaib archaeological site in Abu Dhabi. The discoveries include a pair of silver earrings, two bronze coins, a small ring, stone tools used as hummers, grain grinders and knife sharpeners, as well as pieces of stone stoves, pieces of pottery and fossils of ostrich, ADACH said in a press release. Granite fragments were also found on the site. ADACH ...  >>MORE

Al Sharqi issues decree setting Board of the Fujairah Tourism and Archaeological Authority

Posted on 02/06/2009

The Board of Fujairah Tourism and Archaeological Authority (FTAA), has been set up, according to Emiri decree number 3 of year 2009 issued by HH Sheikh Hamad bin Mohammed Al Sharqi, UAE Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Fujairah. In accordance with the decree, the FTAA board will be chaired by Saeed Saeed Rashid Al Hamoudi and membership of Ahmed Khalifa Al Shamsi, Ahmed Mohammed Sheriff, Amna Ahmed Sabir Mohammed Al Danhani and Patrick Walter. Al Sharqi also issued decree number 7 of year ...  >>MORE

Major archaeological discoveries made in Umm Al Qaiwain

Posted on 18/05/2009

A team of national archaeologists announced today major discoveries, including potsherds dating back to the Umm Al Nar Civilization, around 3000 BC, at Ed-Dur site in Umm Al Qaiwain. The team, formed by the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Community Development in cooperation with local archaeology departments, was led by Eisa Yousuf, an Emirati archaeologist working with the Sharjah Department of Culture and Information. The team surveyed the site, covered in shell crusts, and recovered ...  >>MORE

New excavations at Ed-Dur

Posted on 14/05/2009

A major new survey of the important archaeological site of Ed-Dur, in Umm al-Qaiwain, commenced yesterday. It is being undertaken in partnership between the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Community Development and the Umm al-Qaiwain Department of Archaeology and Heritage. Being led by Eisa Yousuf, an Emirati archaeologist working with the Sharjah Department of Culture and Information, the ten day project will be the first-ever major survey in the country to be undertaken wholly by a UAE ...  >>MORE

85,000 years old villages found

Posted on 22/04/2009

New archaeological discoveries in Sharjah's Jebel Fayah showed that human settlements existed in the area over 85,000 years ago. Excavation work was carried out as part of a joint programme between the Directorate of Antiquities at the Culture and Information Department in Sharjah and the Institute of Prehistoric Studies and Research at the German University of Tubengin. The two-month excavation showed the existence of a deeper layer at the depth of four metres below the surface, which dates ...  >>MORE

Ancient jar found in Al Ain

Posted on 12/03/2009

A glazed pottery vessel dating back around 2,000 years has been found in the vicinity of the Sheikha Salama Mosque in central Al Ain, the Abu Dhabi Authority for Culture and Heritage, ADACH, said in a press release yesterday. Following the discovery of the vessel during building work adjacent to the mosque, which is currently being rebuilt, it was reported to ADACH by the Al Ain Municipality in accordance with the Abu Dhabi Law no. 8 of 1970, on archaeology, and with the law establishing ...  >>MORE

De Cardi still retains passion for archaeology

Posted on 07/03/2009

Abu Dhabi: As she enters her 94th year Beatrice De Cardi still holds on to the curiosity that led her to dig in the ground, looking for hidden treasures. The pioneering Briton is believed to be word's oldest archaeologist. Although she is not able to excavate any more, she is always seen in conferences and seminars, and even at some excavation sites. Last week, she was honoured by the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Community Development for her early work in the UAE. In 1968, De Cardi and ...  >>MORE

New archaeological discovery confirms the long history of UAE civilization in West Abu Dhabi

Posted on 02/03/2009

An ancient stone cylinder seal dating back to the beginning of the local Bronze Age, around 5,000 years ago, and the first of its type ever found in Arabia, has been found in the deserts of the Al Gharbia area (Western Region) of Abu Dhabi, by a team working for the Environment Agency - Abu Dhabi (EAD). H.E. Majid Al Mansouri, Secretary General of EAD, praised this discovery. "This is an important find not only for Abu Dhabi but for the whole of the Arabian Peninsula. It emphasises the long ...  >>MORE

Mansour opens archaeology conference

Posted on 02/03/2009

H.H. Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Minister of Presidential Affairs, opened yesterday the Second International Conference on UAE Archaeology and the 10th annual scientific forum of the History and Archaeology Society of the Gulf Cooperation Council. Delivering the opening address, H.E. Abdul Rahman Mohammed Al Owais, Minister of Culture, Youth and Community Development, said the first archaeological team in the UAE started its works fifty years ago on the invitation by the late Sheikh ...  >>MORE

Celebrating the UAE's archaeological heritage

Posted on 23/02/2009

To commemorate the 50th anniversary of the first archaeological excavations in the UAE on the island of Umm al-Nar in 1959, the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Community Development is organising a major international conference on Emirates archaeology, it was announced yesterday. Called "Fifty Years after Umm al-Nar: The Second International Conference on the Archaeology of the United Arab Emirates", the event is being held under the patronage of the Minister of Presidential Affairs HH Sheikh ...  >>MORE

6-8 million years old fossil unearthed

Posted on 01/02/2009

Fossil experts have made fresh discoveries in the Al Gharbia region of the emirate of Abu Dhabi. Joint surveys and excavations were carried out starting mid-December last year at Jaw Al Dibsa, Hamra 
and Shuwaihat by the Abu Dhabi Authority for Culture and Heritage (ADACH) and a team from Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History at Yale University, USA. The joint project concerns the investigation of the Baynunah Formation, a set of geological deposits rich in fossils, which is exposed ...  >>MORE

When the desert was green and fertile

Posted on 24/01/2009

Faysal Bibi and his colleagues are sifting through the sands of time to discover what life in the UAE was like millions of years before the arrival of humans. While digging up ancient elephant jawbones may grab the headlines, some of the most important archaeological research comes from examining tiny fossil fragments hiding in the sands. Under the searing UAE sunshine, Mr Bibi and his team are scouring the desert patiently hunting for the tiny remnants that will reveal what life was like ...  >>MORE

When the desert was green and fertile

Posted on 22/01/2009

Faysal Bibi and his colleagues are sifting through the sands of time to discover what life in the UAE was like millions of years before the arrival of humans. While digging up ancient elephant jawbones may grab the headlines, some of the most important archaeological research comes from examining tiny fossil fragments hiding in the sands. Under the searing UAE sunshine, Mr Bibi and his team are scouring the desert patiently hunting for the tiny remnants that will reveal what life was like ...  >>MORE

Al Ain's old treasures

Posted on 09/01/2009

For many years, archaeologists and volunteers have been digging deep and sifting through dirt in Al Ain to collect the pieces of UAE's ancient history. The discoveries showcase the depth of Arabian civilisation and culture. The explorations have also proved Al Ain is a treasure trove of priceless archaeological artefacts and sites. The presence of the national museum, historical and archaeological sites, ancient Aflaj (underground irrigation system) and the preservation of the traditional ...  >>MORE

New fossil discoveries in Abu Dhabi's Western Region

Posted on 05/01/2009

A team of archeologists led by Professor Andrew Hill and Faysal Bibi from Yale University has discovered a well-preserved elephant jaw in the Western Region of the Abu Dhabi Emirate. The team has also excavated a pair of jaws from a primitive horse (known as a 'hipparion') and a crocodile skeleton from Hamra. These sites date back to around 6-8 million years ago, a time known as the late Miocene epoch. The team from the Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History at Yale University in the U.S.A. ...  >>MORE

Khalifa issues decrees

Posted on 21/12/2008

President HH Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan has issued a number of federal laws and decrees. Sheikh Khalifa issued a federal law No. 6/2008, establishing a national council for tourism and antiquities. Other laws issued by Sheikh Khalifa include Federal Law No. 7/2008 on National Center for Archives and Research, Federal Law No. 10/2008 on Medical Responsibilities, Federal Law No. 11/2008 on the licensing of a fertility centre in the UAE. President Khalifa also issued decrees No 6/2008 ...  >>MORE

UAE to host announcement of major archaeological discoveries in 2008

Posted on 06/11/2008

For the first time in the Middle East, the International Conference for Ancient Studies will be taking place in Dubai on November 29th and 30th 2008. It is the first event of its kind, gathering eight of the world's foremost experts in the fields of History, Archaeology, Astronomy, Anthropology and Geology. The experts will be talking about The Mysteries of Ancient Civilisations with some major discoveries made in 2007 and 2008 being announced as a World Premiere, in a bid to attract a wide ...  >>MORE

Archaeozoologists Meet in Abu Dhabi in November

Posted on 30/10/2008

The Abu Dhabi Authority for Culture and Heritage (ADACH) will host on November 16 - 20 the 9th meeting of the Archaeozoology of Southwest Asia and Adjacent Areas (ASWA) Working Group, a sub-group of the International Council for Archaeozoology (ICAZ), in Al Ain. Archaeozoology is the study of the relationships between humans and animals over time. It usually involves the study of animal bones from archaeological sites. This is carried out to provide a deeper understanding of past environments ...  >>MORE

UAE to mark golden jubilee of archaeological excavations

Posted on 27/08/2008

The Ministry of Culture, Youth and Community Development is gearing up to mark 50 years of archaeological excavations in the country. Excavation commenced for the first time on February 20, 1959 at Umm Al Nar hills and ended on April 1 of the same year at the request of the then Abu Dhabi Ruler Sheikh Shakhbout bin Sultan. Bilal Al Bedour, Executive Director for Culture and Arts at the Ministry, said the celebration would be great and magnificent to signify the glory of the event. He added an ...  >>MORE

6000 years old wild camel bones discovered in Abu Dhabi desert

Posted on 06/08/2008

A team of archaeologists from the Abu Dhabi Authority for Culture and Heritage (ADACH) recently discovered the skeletons of at least 40 ancient wild camels in Al Gharbia, the western region of Abu Dhabi, announced Mohammed Khalaf Al Mazrouei, Director-General of ADACH. Radiocarbon dating of camel bones from the site demonstrates that they all date to more than six thousand years ago. The discovery has a scientific significance worldwide. An announcement concerning this discovery was made ...  >>MORE

Archaeological teams continue work in Sharjah

Posted on 06/08/2008

The Spanish Archaeological mission from Madrid University is continuing its excavation works at Al Thuqaiba site in Al Madam area, in the central region of Sharjah, in cooperation with the Sharjah Department of Archaeology at the Culture and Information Department. Older discoveries at the iron-age site include mud houses, one of which was in good condition, which contain eight rooms and a hall, as well as full units with plaster-covered walls. Inside the rooms, various types of iron-age ...  >>MORE

More light thrown on Jebel Buhais Neolithic age

Posted on 05/06/2008

The second part of a book published by the directorate of archaeology at the Sharjah department of culture and information threw more light on the archaeological findings in Jebel Al Buhais in the emirate. The book published in Arabic examines the artefacts excavated from the Al Buhais sites and gives more evidence on the Neolithic population who inhabited the region. The earliest human settlement to be found in the interior of south-eastern Arabia dating back to 5000 BC were discovered in ...  >>MORE

First archaeology documentary on UAE released

Posted on 01/05/2008

The first archaeology documentary on UAE, produced by Anasi Media Production Company, was released Wednesday at the Emirates Palace in a glittering gala graced by H.E. Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research. The production of the film was motivated by the call made by President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan for enhancing national identity through 2008 The film, titled 'A Promising Nation....a Nation for History', covered the ...  >>MORE

New light on UAE's oldest inhabitants

Posted on 07/04/2008

New discoveries by archaeologists from Sharjah and Germany show that the United Arab Emirates was occupied by Man as much as 85,000 years ago, in the Palaeolithic (Old Stone Age) period, according to a paper presented at the 5th Annual Symposium on Recent Archaeological Research in the Emirates, held in Al Ain last weekend. The earliest sites from the UAE known prior to the latest discoveries have been dated to the Neolithic or Late Stone Age period, around 7,500 years ago. The discoveries ...  >>MORE

Archaeological discoveries to be unveiled

Posted on 03/04/2008

Major new finds relating to the country's archaeological heritage are to be announced in Al Ain today and Friday at the Fifth Annual Symposium on Recent Archaeological Discoveries in the UAE. A total of fifteen papers will be presented by archaeologists from local departments and from foreign universities undertaking research in the Emirates. The papers will focus on the results of the winter 2007-2008 season. Among topics to be discussed will be a site at Jebel Faya, Sharjah, which was the ...  >>MORE

Sharjah Ruler opens exhibition for Al Buhais 18 archaeological findings

Posted on 17/03/2008

His Highness Dr Sheikh Sultan bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, UAE Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Sharjah yesterday opened an exhibition at the Sharjah Museum displaying archaeological findings from Al Buhais 18 site in Sharjah. The opening ceremony was attended by HH Sheikh Sultan bin Mohammed bin Sultan Al Qasimi, Crown Prince & Deputy Ruler of Sharjah, HH Sheikh Abdullah bin Salem Al Qasimi, Deputy Ruler of Sharjah, Sheikhs and senior officials. Sheikh Sultan toured the exhibition which ...  >>MORE

Fossils shed light on a different environment of Abu Dhabi in the ancient past

Posted on 10/01/2008

The fossils discovered recently, in conjunction with geological investigations have shed light on an amazing picture of Abu Dhabi's ancient environment that was far different from its hyper-arid modern desert landscape. A lecture delivered by Professor Andrew Hill of Yale University, USA at a gathering organised by Abu Dhabi Authority of Culture and Heritage (ADACH) and the Emirates Natural History Group at the Cultural Foundation here claimed that in the ancient past, Abu Dhabi featured a ...  >>MORE

New fossil study in Abu Dhabi's Western Region

Posted on 02/01/2008

A team from the Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History at Yale University in the United States has recently arrived in Abu Dhabi to commence a four year project of collaboration with the Historic Environment Department from the Abu Dhabi Authority for Culture and Heritage (ADACH). The joint ADACH-Yale project concerns the investigation of the Baynunah Formation, a set of geological deposits rich in fossils which is exposed in Abu Dhabi's Western Region, according to an ADACH press release. ...  >>MORE

Archaeological excavations in Sharjah

Posted on 26/12/2007

Two archaeological teams from Kanazawa University in Japan and Bryn Mawr College in US started excavation in Sharjah on Saturday. The Japanese team is working now in Khorfakan in an archaeological site that goes back to the early time of Islam. The team has discovered on the different archaeological layers a lot of artefacts of the 13th to 15th centuries including pottery items exported from Wadi Al Rafidain, Arabian Peninsula and Eastern Asia, particularly China, Thailand and Burma. This ...  >>MORE

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Sharjah artefacts to go on show in US horse museum


Archaeology law in the offing


Race against time to save rock art


Police returns antiquities looted from Halat Al Bahrani Island


Film unveils UAE's rich archaeological history


The oldest sanctuary in Arabia discovered: a dugong bone mound on Akab Island


Sharjah site declared oldest evidence yet of humans in UAE


NCTA discusses draft law on protecting country's archaeological heritage


Important new fossils found in Abu Dhabi


Move to protect historic landmarks on Delma Island


Yale-ADACH experts present Abu Dhabi fossil discoveries at China conference


British scientists explore Sharjah mountains


New archaeological discoveries at Al Shuwaib


Al Sharqi issues decree setting Board of the Fujairah Tourism and Archaeological Authority


Major archaeological discoveries made in Umm Al Qaiwain


New excavations at Ed-Dur


85,000 years old villages found


Ancient jar found in Al Ain


De Cardi still retains passion for archaeology


New archaeological discovery confirms the long history of UAE civilization in West Abu Dhabi


Mansour opens archaeology conference


Celebrating the UAE's archaeological heritage


6-8 million years old fossil unearthed


When the desert was green and fertile


When the desert was green and fertile


Al Ain's old treasures


New fossil discoveries in Abu Dhabi's Western Region


Khalifa issues decrees


UAE to host announcement of major archaeological discoveries in 2008


Archaeozoologists Meet in Abu Dhabi in November


UAE to mark golden jubilee of archaeological excavations


6000 years old wild camel bones discovered in Abu Dhabi desert


Archaeological teams continue work in Sharjah


More light thrown on Jebel Buhais Neolithic age


First archaeology documentary on UAE released


New light on UAE's oldest inhabitants


Archaeological discoveries to be unveiled


Sharjah Ruler opens exhibition for Al Buhais 18 archaeological findings


Fossils shed light on a different environment of Abu Dhabi in the ancient past


New fossil study in Abu Dhabi's Western Region


Archaeological excavations in Sharjah