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HISTORY & TRADITIONS - ARCHAEOLOGY

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

Palaeolithic finds in Western Abu Dhabi

Posted on 18/07/2007

An important discovery of archaeological finds from the Palaeolithic period in Abu Dhabi has been announced by Mohammed Khalaf Al-Mazrouei, Director General of the Abu Dhabi Authority for Culture and Heritage, ADACH. The finds were identified by a team from the Authority and two visiting scholars. The discovery included stone artefacts of Levallois technique, an industry that was known during the Old Stone Age. ADACH will be reporting the discovery at the annual Seminar for Arabian Studies, ...  >>MORE

Archaeological remains of 7000 year old settlement at Sila

Posted on 25/06/2007

Sheikh Sultan Bin Tahnoon Al Nahyan, Chairman of Abu Dhabi Authority for Culture and Heritage (ADACH), said that ADACH is carrying out and supervising several operations related to archaeological sites in Abu Dhabi Emirate according to the international criteria set by UNESCO. He added that ADACH is revising its planning policy to preserve cultural and archaeological sites. Mohammad Khalaf Al Mazrouei, Director General of ADACH, stressed that ADACH has provided a service called "The ...  >>MORE

ADACH to continue archaeological survey

Posted on 24/06/2007

Sheikh Sultan bin Tahnoun Al Nahyan, Chairman Abu Dhabi Authority for Culture and Heritage (ADACH) said yesterday that the Authority continues to implement a number of projects regulating the archaeological activities in the emirate. These includes archaeological surveys, excavations and restoration of artefacts. The projects conform to the standards approved by UNESCO. Sheikh Sultan said that the ADACH is coordinating with the Department of Municipalities and Agriculture to avoid chances of ...  >>MORE

Restoring historic Al Ain

Posted on 13/05/2007

Abu Dhabi Authority for Culture and Heritage has started restoration of historic buildings in Al Ain with a view to preserve the past and the cultural heritage. A number of UAE and foreign experts have currently been working on projects restoring the old glory of Al Jahili Fort, Al Jahili Mosque and the house of Hamad Bin Hadi Al Darmaki in Al Jahili and Al Hili districts, respectively. Sheikh Sultan Bin Tahnoun Al Nahyan, Chairman of Abu Dhabi Authority for Culture and Heritage (ADACH), ...  >>MORE

Unearthing the past, stone by stone

Posted on 21/04/2007

The UAE's ancestors worked a hard life and remnants of their existence are all too visible on the foothills of Ras Al Khaimah. Ancient stone houses dating back 300 years, tombs from 4,000 years ago and hours of labour endured to build terraces for a single annual crop of wheat or barley offer a blueprint into how life used to be. "It was quite normal for villagers to walk two hours to and from their villages, sometimes even further," explained Christian Velde, archaeologist at the ...  >>MORE

4,000-year-old copper artefacts unearthed in Sharjah's Wadi Helou

Posted on 16/04/2007

Copper artefacts more than 4,000 years old were discovered at a new site in Sharjah, the department of culture and information announced yesterday. A large semi-spherical copper ingot weighing almost five kilograms was unearthed at a new site in Wadi Helou in the Eastern Region during a joint archaeological excavation project. The project, being undertaken by the Directorate of Antiquities and the Institute of Pre- and Proto-history and Medieval Archaeology of the University of Tubingen, ...  >>MORE

Unearthing a hidden past

Posted on 25/02/2007

The UAE's rapid progress and social development are built upon its unique history, rich civilisation, heritage and deep-rooted culture. Recent discoveries and excavations have shown that the UAE lies on a treasure of archaeological and historical sites, which prove that man lived along coastal areas thousands of years ago. Among the archaeological and historical sites that the UAE is endowed with are: castles, forts, watchtowers and places of worship, WAM reported. By examining the ...  >>MORE

Book on archaeological findings in Sharjah

Posted on 08/01/2007

Three leading archaeologists yesterday launched their book and presented research on excavation dating back 7,000 years while exploring human remains and monuments found in Sharjah. The 380-page book titled, Funeral Monuments and Human Remains from Jebel Al Buhais, is the first volume in a three-part series. "We have collaborated for 10 years to bring out these results and it is a great incentive for us to continue our studies in the area," said Hans-Peter Uerpmann, of the University of ...  >>MORE

Archaeology exhibition attracts visitors from home and abroad

Posted on 24/12/2006

The first GCC Archaeology Exhibition, which featured 1,000 cultural and historical treasures from the region, attracted more than 40,000 visitors from across the UAE and abroad. The artefacts covered the period from the Modern Stone Age until the late Islamic period, with some of the pieces dating back to 3000 years BC. Ahmad Khalifa Al Shamsi, Director of the Heritage and Archaeology Department in Fujairah, said the exhibition succeeded in having a popular appeal going beyond the circle of ...  >>MORE

Capital’s nature delight to open

Posted on 26/11/2006

One of Abu Dhabi's most unique natural and archaeological sites is to be opened to the public within the coming months for the first time, it has been disclosed. "In two to five months we will open our visitors' centre on the Marawah Marine Protected Area island where we can educate and host tourists wishing to see this unique place,” said Ashraf Al Cibahy, head of the Environment Agency of Abu Dhabi (EAD) Marine Protected Area. The Marawah Marine Protected Area came under special ...  >>MORE

Empty Quarter but still full of history

Posted on 21/09/2006

Weekend dune bashers would not expect to splash their four-wheel drive vehicles through great expanses of water while chugging through the barren deserts of Abu Dhabi's interior. But the latest archaeological surveys from the Empty Quarter sand dunes are uncovering an alternative history of the emirate, exposing ancient civilisations amid apparently inhospitable terrain. While the new discoveries are opening a window into Arabia's past, they also serve as a potent reminder of the influence ...  >>MORE

Archaeologists discover stone age tools in Sharjah

Posted on 30/07/2006

Archaeological tools dating back to the Stone Age have been discovered in the east of Sharjah near the Hajar Mountains, officials announced yesterday. A group of experts from Sharjah's Archaeology Department, Tubingen University in Germany and Oxford University in England discovered the prehistoric workshop on a limestone hilltop along the Hajar Mountains. The workshop was used to make stone tools during the Middle Palaeolithic era, according to Dr Sabah Jasim, Director of Antiquities in ...  >>MORE

Abu Dhabi Authority for Culture and Heritage unveils plan to conduct archaeological and palaeontological surveys

Posted on 15/04/2006

The Abu Dhabi Authority for Culture and Heritage (AACH) has unveiled a plan to conduct archaeological and paleontological surveys in Umm Ashtan area west of Abu Dhabi. According to Mohammed Khalef Al Mazroui, AACH Director General, a survey plan has been evolved by the archaeological studies department of AACH. The survey which will run until 2008 will focus on the fossil material in Umm Ashtan, he said in a statement to WAM. Mazroui added that the launch of the surveys will run concurrently ...  >>MORE

Fossils of elephants that lived 8 million years ago found in Western Abu Dhabi

Posted on 29/03/2006

An important new site for fossil bones of ancient elephants has been discovered near Bida Al Mutawa, in Abu Dhabi's Western Region, by a team from the Abu Dhabi Islands Archaeological Survey, ADIAS, part of the Abu Dhabi Culture and Heritage Authority, ADCHA. Their work has been supported by TAKREER, the Abu Dhabi Refining Company, a part of the Abu Dhabi National Oil Company, ADNOC, Group. The bones date back to the Late Miocene period, around 6 to 8 million years ago. The fossil site ...  >>MORE

Hili tomb restored

Posted on 28/12/2005

The Hili Archaeological Park in Al Ain, one of the country's major tourist attractions, has a new feature to show visitors, it was announced yesterday by the Department of Antiquities in Abu Dhabi's Eastern Region. The feature is a restored stone-built collective tomb from the Umm al-Nar period, which lasted from around 2,700 BC to 2,000 BC, and which is named after another major archaeological site, on the island of Umm al-Nar, close to Abu Dhabi City. The restoration was undertaken by a ...  >>MORE

Ancient forts earmarked for World Heritage List

Posted on 24/12/2005

The UAE is hoping to get its historical buildings registered with a UNESCO sponsored programme that helps protect and preserve heritage sites around the globe. Two of the sites in the UAE, the Al Fahidi Fort in Dubai and the Al Husn Fort in Ajman, have been earmarked for the World Heritage list, said Ahmad Mahmoud Ahmad, head of the historical buildings section at Dubai Municipality. The municipal official yesterday announced it was helping Ajman maintain the 18th century fort, whose outer ...  >>MORE

A prehistoric cradle of all

Posted on 19/12/2005

A sabre-toothed big cat lurks in the tall savannah grass, surveying a herd of antelope as they amble along towards a wide-flowing river, where hippopotami and four tusked elephants are busy watering themselves. Oblivious to the life-threatening situation, an old antelope lowers its mouth to the water and sips as the stealthy feline predator moves in for the kill. At that very moment, a wide-jawed crocodile leaps from the river and brings the thirsty bovine down into a watery grave. The ...  >>MORE

Sultan awarded Arab Archaeologists' shield

Posted on 10/12/2005

The Arab Archaeologists' General Union (AAGU) has awarded its prestigious shield for 2005 to H.H. Dr. Sheikh Sultan bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Sharjah, in recognition of his persistent efforts to preserve and protect the archaeology and heritage of the Arab-Muslim nation and his great support for culture and science. Sheikh Sultan received the accolade during a meeting on Wednesday with a top-level delegation from the AAGU led by its Chairman Dr. Ali Redwan. ...  >>MORE

Ancient Hili to seek heritage status

Posted on 04/12/2005

The UAE will seek inclusion of Al Ain's Hili archaeological site, the country's largest Bronze Age settlement, on the World Heritage List of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) list during a meeting this month. The regional UNESCO meeting discussing world heritage sites of Arab countries will be held here for the first time from December 4 to 8. The meeting on World Heritage in the Arab States: Follow-up to Periodic Reporting and Information ...  >>MORE

Exhibition of ancient fossils opens in Abu Dhabi

Posted on 27/11/2005

Ancient fossils from the Late Miocene period, around eight million years ago, found in Abu Dhabi's Western region, are on display for the first time in a permanent exhibition which opened yesterday at the Environment Agency, Abu Dhabi, EAD. The opening of the exhibition coincides with the discovery over the weekend of nine new sites containing fossils belonging to the Late Miocene period in the Western Region. The latest discovery includes elephant, ostrich eggshell and catfish fossils and ...  >>MORE

Fossil exhibition to be inaugurated on Saturday 26th

Posted on 24/11/2005

An exhibition of eight million year old fossils from Western Abu Dhabi is to be officially inaugurated on Saturday 26th November, the Environment Agency - Abu Dhabi, EAD, and the Abu Dhabi Islands Archaeological Survey, ADIAS, announced today. The exhibition, in the EAD headquarters, includes remains of elephants, crocodiles, gazelles, turtles, horses and other animals that lived in Abu Dhabi during the Late Miocene period, around eight million years ago. The display has been organised with ...  >>MORE

ADIAS, EAD win Gulf-wide Environmental award

Posted on 19/11/2005

The Environmental Agency- Abu Dhabi, EAD, and the Abu Dhabi Islands Archaeological Survey, ADIAS, have been chosen as joint winners of the Environmental Achievement of the Year Award presented by Dubai-based publication 'Construction Week'. The Award, one of a total of 20 awards presented at a ceremony in Dubai last night, covers the whole of the six GCC states, and acknowledges the efforts made over the last year by EAD and ADIAS in preserving the UAE's heritage and environment. Other ...  >>MORE

Law to protect historical sites on the anvil

Posted on 07/09/2005

The UAE will soon have a law on architectural conservation to protect historical buildings and archaeological sites. The draft law, which is being prepared by the Minister of Information and Culture, is expected to be ready within three months, said a senior official at Dubai Municipality. Rashad Bukhash, Director of General Projects Department at the Dubai Municipality, said that the law would help UAE put its historical buildings and sites on the approved list of world heritage sites of ...  >>MORE

Ancient artefacts abound in Al Ain

Posted on 20/08/2005

The discovery of archaeological sites and primeval cultures has transformed the simple agriculture city of Al Ain into an important centre of ancient history in the Arabian Peninsula. A thriving civilisation existed in modern day Al Ain city and its suburbs during the Stone and Bronze Ages, with its distinctive culture and character, reported Gulf News of Dubai in a feature published on Friday. Findings and research attribute many inventions and arts and crafts to ancient inhabitants of ...  >>MORE

Archaeologists unearth ancient irrigation system

Posted on 20/07/2005

Archaeologists have found an ancient falaj an underground water channel, underneath the courtyard of a house in Al Ain, and say it might have been built some 3,000 years ago. Experts at the Department of Antiquities and Tourism have already explored a small portion of the falaj during the recent excavation season. A source at the department told "Gulf News” yesterday a team of archaeologists had carried out a rescue project and examined the falaj. The falaj was located in the north of the ...  >>MORE

Digs at Al Gubb unearth new info on historic fort

Posted on 13/05/2005

Excavation works in the Al-Gubb area have thrown up some interesting new information about the history of an old fort here, which is widely believed to be the birthplace of the famous Arab navigator Ahmed bin Majid Al Najdi. An archaeological team from RAK Antiquities and Museums Department (RAMD) has reported findings which establish that the site, comprising a fortified building with two towers on opposite sides, was one of the most important fortifications in the RAK emirate. 'The ...  >>MORE

Artefacts used by primitive man unearthed

Posted on 06/05/2005

Artefacts used by primitive man (Homo Erectus) over 1.5 million years ago are among the most significant archaeological discoveries unearthed by archaeological expeditions in Sharjah during the last excavation season. The archaeological expedition of the Sharjah Department of Culture and Information, headed by Dr Sabah Jassem, continued its excavations at various areas of the emirate. The Homo Erectus artefacts are believed to have been used by primitive man when he first moved out of ...  >>MORE

Archaeology symposium begins today

Posted on 06/04/2005

Archaeologists, scientists and researchers from all over the UAE and abroad would converge at the Al Ain Rotana Resort on Wednesday to participate in the two-day third annual symposium on "Recent Archaeological Discoveries” organised by the Zayed Centre for Heritage and History (ZCHH). The participants will discuss recent archaeological findings following excavation missions throughout the Emirates. "Even though archaeology in the Emirates started only in recent times, the usefulness of ...  >>MORE

Pre-Stone Age artefact found

Posted on 21/03/2005

A Sharjah archaeological excavation team has reported a major breakthrough after finding a pre-Stone Age chopping tool. "The real age of the artefact is still to be determined through further scientific studies," said Dr Saba Jasem, archaeology consultant at the Department of Antiquities at the Sharjah Department of Culture and Information (DCI). "However, preliminary studies and the simple technology of the stone tools, together with their intense corrosion, indicates an age of several ...  >>MORE

Dolphin to support new archaeology excavations

Posted on 16/03/2005

Dolphin Energy Limited will sponsor a major archaeological excavation and survey in the deep deserts of south eastern Abu Dhabi, as part of its continuing support for studies of the environment and heritage of the UAE. The excavation and survey is being carried out by the Abu Dhabi Islands Archaeological Survey, ADIAS, together with the Department of Antiquities and Tourism in Abu Dhabi's Eastern Region, in the Kharimat Khor al Manahil and Khor al-Manahil areas - just north of Umm azZamul, ...  >>MORE

Lakes in the desert

Posted on 13/03/2005

Recent rainfall has brought back to the deep deserts of Abu Dhabi a sight that was common thousands of years ago, but is now extremely rare — that of large lakes in the middle of the sand dunes on the edge of the empty quarter. A team of archaeologists from the Abu Dhabi Islands Archaeological Survey (ADIAS) and Germany's University of Tubingen visiting the Umm Az-Zamul area, south of Al Ain, yesterday was amazed to find a large and shallow freshwater lake covering much of a limestone plain ...  >>MORE

Excavation continues in Al Ghubb

Posted on 01/03/2005

A team of archaeologists has begun excavation work at a site here that is widely believed to be the birthplace of the famous Arab navigator Ahmed bin Majid Al Najdi. The team from the Ras Al Khaimah Department of Antiquities and Museums has begun work on a shallow mound located in Al Ghubb area, which has visible remains of two mud-brick towers on opposite sides. "We believe the towers were part of a fortification to protect the palm gardens in the area," Christian Velde, Resident ...  >>MORE

French team traces potters of yore

Posted on 23/02/2005

Seven thousand years ago, the area around Al Ain was inhabited by people who excelled at making pottery, archaeologists said. A team of French archaeologists has been examining the area around Hili Archaeological Park in Al Ain, and, after examining some artefacts they uncovered, announced their findings yesterday. The people living in the area at the time were well-versed in as many as seven different pottery-making techniques, said Dr Sophie Mery, director of the French Archaeological ...  >>MORE

Excavation unearths oldest archaeological site in UAE

Posted on 09/02/2005

The oldest archaeological site in the UAE dating back to 7,000 years, has been discovered on the island of Marawah, located about 100km west of Abu Dhabi, according to Dr Mark Beech, Senior Resident Archaeologist for the Abu Dhabi Islands Archaeological Survey (ADIAS). Dr Beech disclosed the findings at a lecture organised by the Dubai Natural History Group which was attended by a large crowd, according to the Khaleej Times. The lecture covered important findings and discoveries by ADIAS ...  >>MORE

Iron Age relics unearthed at Al Bithnah

Posted on 20/01/2005

Fujairah: A French archaeological team has completed its work at Al Bithnah after discovering the site was once an important religious settlement. They may still return to unearth an area they said could be even more exciting near Masafi thought to have been a crucial hub of trade and agriculture in the Iron Age (1250 to 350 BC). After four seasons at Al Bithnah, they unearthed Iron Age relics and such structures as incense burners and posts decorated with snakes. There were also copper ...  >>MORE

New evidence of ancient boat mooring sites

Posted on 16/01/2005

Archaeologists in Abu Dhabi have found new evidence for ancient boat mooring sites on Marawah island which presumably date back to the Later Islamic Period. The sites, to be protected within the Marawah Marine Protected Area, are intimately connected with the maritime heritage of the UAE and pearling and pre-oil era, archaeologists said. The structures were discovered recently by Nasser Al Shaiba, a researcher at the Marine Environment Research Centre (MERC), part of the Environmental ...  >>MORE

Forensic Science Laboratory of Abu Dhabi Police identifies the gender

Posted on 21/12/2004

In the first collaboration of its type to have taken place in the United Arab Emirates, scientists from the Forensic Science Laboratory at Abu Dhabi Police Headquarters and archaeologists from the Abu Dhabi Islands Archaeological Survey, ADIAS, have combined their skills to study the oldest skeleton ever found in the United Arab Emirates. The skeleton was found during excavations directed by Dr Mark Beech for ADIAS earlier this year on Abu Dhabi's western island of Marawah. During work at ...  >>MORE

French team prepares to unravel more about Iron Age settlement

Posted on 06/12/2004

A French archaeological team will soon start its fourth dig in Al Bithnah and Al Bidya to discover more about the people who settled there. Invited by the Fujairah Department of Archaeology and Heritage, the French team is coming back to continue their work at Al Bithnah. The digs will reveal how life was lived in the region during the Iron Age. "The French team, which started its excavation work here four years ago, has helped us learn more about the history of the emirate as well as ...  >>MORE

Ancient sites unearthed

Posted on 30/11/2004

New archaeological sites have been unearthed in Al Bathna, near Fujairah, said Ahmad Khaleefa Al Shamsy, Director of the Heritage and Antiquities Department. The new discovery shows the western gate to the city and the main entrance to Fujairah. Ancient sites were also discovered earlier in the same area comprising houses, villages, temples and tombs. The discoveries were made by the department in collaboration with the mission of the French National Centre for Research. Some of the discoveries ...  >>MORE

BP helps studies of UAE heritage

Posted on 12/10/2004

Studies of the geology and archaeology of the United Arab Emirates are being helped by international oil company BP, it is announced yesterday. The help is in the form of assistance for the Abu Dhabi Islands Archaeological Survey, ADIAS, in its research into two distinct aspects of Abu Dhabi's heritage - research into the geology of the island of Balghelam, north-east of Abu Dhabi, and a study programme on Neolithic (Late Stone Age) flint tools from the western island of Dalma. ...  >>MORE

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Archaeological excavations in Sharjah


Palaeolithic finds in Western Abu Dhabi


Archaeological remains of 7000 year old settlement at Sila


ADACH to continue archaeological survey


Restoring historic Al Ain


Unearthing the past, stone by stone


4,000-year-old copper artefacts unearthed in Sharjah's Wadi Helou


Unearthing a hidden past


Book on archaeological findings in Sharjah


Archaeology exhibition attracts visitors from home and abroad


Capital’s nature delight to open


Empty Quarter but still full of history


Archaeologists discover stone age tools in Sharjah


Abu Dhabi Authority for Culture and Heritage unveils plan to conduct archaeological and palaeontological surveys


Fossils of elephants that lived 8 million years ago found in Western Abu Dhabi


Hili tomb restored


Ancient forts earmarked for World Heritage List


A prehistoric cradle of all


Sultan awarded Arab Archaeologists' shield


Ancient Hili to seek heritage status


Exhibition of ancient fossils opens in Abu Dhabi


Fossil exhibition to be inaugurated on Saturday 26th


ADIAS, EAD win Gulf-wide Environmental award


Law to protect historical sites on the anvil


Ancient artefacts abound in Al Ain


Archaeologists unearth ancient irrigation system


Digs at Al Gubb unearth new info on historic fort


Artefacts used by primitive man unearthed


Archaeology symposium begins today


Pre-Stone Age artefact found


Dolphin to support new archaeology excavations


Lakes in the desert


Excavation continues in Al Ghubb


French team traces potters of yore


Excavation unearths oldest archaeological site in UAE


Iron Age relics unearthed at Al Bithnah


New evidence of ancient boat mooring sites


Forensic Science Laboratory of Abu Dhabi Police identifies the gender


French team prepares to unravel more about Iron Age settlement


Ancient sites unearthed


BP helps studies of UAE heritage