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HISTORY & TRADITIONS - ARCHAEOLOGY

New evidence shows falaj in Al Ain is world's oldest

Posted on 16/03/2003

An archaeologist has gathered new evidence that proves the existence of the world's oldest known falaj – the ancient underground irrigation system – in the Al Ain region. The findings are based on a detailed scientific study on this ancient water system, traces of which are found in many countries of Asia, Central Asia and the Middle East. The falaj system existed in the Al Ain region at about 1,000 years BC, making it the oldest, said Dr Walid Yasin Al Tikriti, Adviser of Archaeology at the ...  >>MORE

Rare coin found in RAK

Posted on 10/03/2003

A rare copper coin dating back to 1830 has been found in Al Jazerah Al Hamrah. The coin was found by UAE nationals while construction was taking place and has been given to the National Museum to be cleaned and studied. Christian Velde, Resident Archaeologist, said the "quarter anna" coin originates from the British East India Company. It is one of the oldest found in the emirate and reflects the British influence in the region. One side has the insignia of the East India Company, with the ...  >>MORE

Al Ain excavations bring out ancient health facts

Posted on 10/03/2003

The Al Ain Department of Antiquities and Tourism, in collaboration with the French Archaeological Mission in the UAE, has excavated about 600 skeletal remains in tomb N of Hili Archaeological Parks during January-March this year, the fifth season of excavations. Most of the contents of the grave had been originally excavated between 1984 and 1989 by a team from the department, leaving a part of the burial deposits in the central part of the structure untouched, Dr Kathleen McSweeney, ...  >>MORE

ETISALAT staff in RAK find old cemetery

Posted on 05/03/2003

ETISALAT workers who found human bones while digging to lay cables in Jolan accidentally unearthed an old cemetery, experts have said. Archaeological staff of Ras Al Khaimah National Museum, including Christian Velde, Imke Moellering and Ahmad Hilal, worked with Dr Ali Al Koubani, Police Consultant Forensic Pathologist, and came to this conclusion. The team has not yet been able to date the cemetery. On finding the human skull and bones, workers alerted neighbours who informed police. Patrols ...  >>MORE

Excavations on iron-age site completed

Posted on 20/02/2003

The six-year excavations of a significant iron-age site in Muweileh in Sharjah had been recently completed with the discovery of more findings that shed light on the great historic significance of this site which housed the first-ever evidence on the use of the Arabic script in the middle of the first millennium BC. The excavations had been carried out by a joint Australian/American team of experts chaired by Dr Peter Magee and a local archaeological team headed by Dr Sabah Jassim of the ...  >>MORE

Ancient coins on display at Sheikh Saeed House

Posted on 15/02/2003

Coins are crucial in deciphering history or it would be far more accurate to term them as hands on history. Coins dating back as early as the first 100 years of the Islamic calendar are being displayed at the third International coin exhibition at the Sheikh Saeed Al Maktoum House in Shindagha. The exhibition was organised by the Dubai Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (DTCM), which will end today. The participants at the exhibition are from UAE, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Lebanon, ...  >>MORE

Archaeology exhibition opens in Dubai

Posted on 06/02/2003

The Dubai Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing's (DTCM) Director General, Khalid A. bin Sulayem inaugurated an archaeological exhibition displaying exhibits and antiques dating back to the Neolithic period or Stone Age at the Dubai Museum yesterday. The excavations were conducted by a combined archaeological team of the DTCM and Jordanian experts. Surveys of 33 separate areas at the five sites were conducted. The five archaeological sites are Al Sufoh, Sarug Al Hadeed, Jumeira, Al ...  >>MORE

Ancient elephant tusk found near Ruwais

Posted on 08/01/2003

Survey work for fossils in the Ruwais area of Abu Dhabi's Western Region has succeeded in finding the largest fossil elephant tusk ever found in the Middle East area, it is announced today. The work is being carried out by the Abu Dhabi Islands Archaeological Survey, ADIAS, with support from the Abu Dhabi Oil Refining Company, (TAKREER), the oil refinery arm of the Abu Dhabi National Oil Company, ADNOC, Group. The tusk, which is a total of 2.54 metres in length, was discovered in late October ...  >>MORE

New finds at Abu Dhabi airport archaeological site

Posted on 05/01/2003

Fieldwork at an archaeological site at Abu Dhabi International Airport last month has produced new information about use of the site during the Late Stone Age or Arabian Neolithic period, between 8,000 and 5,000 years ago, it is announced today. The fieldwork was carried out by a team from the Abu Dhabi Islands Archaeological Survey, ADIAS. The site lies within the boundary of the Al Ghazal Golf Club, which is managed by Abu Dhabi Duty Free, and the ADIAS work at the site was supported by Duty ...  >>MORE

Website adds new section on date cultivation

Posted on 03/01/2003

The Abu Dhabi Islands Archaeological Survey (ADIAS) has added a new section to its official website, providing an in-depth and scientific study on the history of date cultivation and consumption. According to Dr Mark Beech, Senior Resident Archaeologist of the ADIAS, the section is the latest addition to the site from which the experts and general public can get an insight into the science of date palm history and its growth. "It is also a source of information for students. The section ...  >>MORE

TAKREER backs fossil research at Ruwais

Posted on 01/12/2002

Abu Dhabi's refinery company, TAKREER, part of the Abu Dhabi National Oil Company, ADNOC, group, is to support research into fossils millions of years old that have been found at the proposed Ruwais site for its new Hazardous Waste Treatment Plant, it is announced today. The presence of the fossils on the site, close to the main Abu Dhabi to As Sila'a highway, was first recognised in April during a preliminary ecological survey undertaken by the Abu Dhabi Islands Archaeological Survey, ADIAS. ...  >>MORE

New plan to restore historic Al Ain sites

Posted on 30/11/2002

The Department of Antiquities and Tourism (DAT) has formulated a new annual plan for archaeological excavations and restoration of historic sites and buildings in Al Ain. The plan will come into effect from the excavation season of 2002-03, with special focus on the archaeological sites in north and west of Al Ain, according to a report in "Gulf News.” The department made new archaeological discoveries at these sites last season. Human settlements dating back to 5000 BC, to the Stone and Bronze ...  >>MORE

'UAE history dates back to 7,000 years'

Posted on 26/11/2002

The UAE has a fascinating and ancient history dating back to more than 7,000 years, said an internationally renowned archaeologist in a lecture at the Abu Dhabi Campus of Zayed University. Peter Hellyer, executive director of Abu Dhabi Islands Archaeology Survey (ADIAS), said studies revealed that the first evidence of man in the UAE could be dated back to around 7,500 years or 5,500 BC in the local late stone age, when Arab tribes began to live around the western islands of Abu Dhabi (Delma ...  >>MORE

Fujairah abounds with historical sites

Posted on 11/11/2002

Recent discoveries and excavations in the East Coast have revealed that Fujairah sits on a treasure of archaeological and historical sites which prove that man lived along the coast thousands of years ago. Ahmed Khalifa Al Shamsi, Director of the Fujairah Department of Archaeology and Heritage, has said the country should produce UAE national archaeologists to unearth the historical wealth which reflects the history of Fujairah. In an exclusive interview with Gulf News, Al Shamsi urged ...  >>MORE

Focus on UAE at archaeology conference

Posted on 01/09/2002

DURHAM, UK - Research undertaken by the Abu Dhabi Islands Archaeological Survey (ADIAS) team attracted considerable attention at an international conference held in this British city last week. The meeting, the 9th Conference of the International Council of Archaeozoology, ICAZ, was held at the University of Durham from 23rd to28th August. Several hundred participants, including anthropologists, archaeologists, biologists, palaeontologists and zoologists from universities, museums, governmental ...  >>MORE

ADIAS study on Dalma island sites

Posted on 17/07/2002

The Abu Dhabi Islands Archaeological Survey (ADIAS) has prepared a detailed sensitivity study for Abu Dhabi Municipality and the Town Planning Department as a guideline to protect archaeological sites on Dalma Island. The sensitivity study of the archaeological sites on the island was prepared by Resident ADIAS Archaeologist Daniel Hull and has been submitted to the Municipality and Town Planning Department, as well as the Sewerage Projects Committee. The study provides them with guidelines ...  >>MORE

Stone and bronze age sites discovered in Al Ain

Posted on 17/07/2002

The Al Ain Archaeological and Tourism Department has made a startling discovery of archaeological sites, dating back to the stone and bronze ages, it was disclosed by the Department's Under Secretary, Saif bin Ali Al Daba Al Darmaki. Al Darmaki said that the Department's local team discovered in the north of Al Ain a stone-age site, believed to date back to over six thousand years, in addition to other sites dating back to the bronze age. He added that the 2001/2002 survey and excavation ...  >>MORE

Data on six million-year-old fossils

Posted on 22/06/2002

The Abu Dhabi Islands Archaeological Survey (ADIAS) has added full details on the six million-year-old fossils found in the emirate's Western Region to its website. Dating back to the Late Miocene period, the fossils were discovered during the late 1980s and early 1990s by the Abu Dhabi Miocene Project, a joint research study directed by Peter J. Whybrow (Natural History Museum, London) and Andrew Hill (Yale University, U.S.). Support for the research was provided by the Abu Dhabi Company ...  >>MORE

New data from Sir Bani Yas study

Posted on 13/05/2002

A short season of studying excavated material from pre-Islamic Christian archaeological sites on Abu Dhabi's islands of Sir Bani Yas and Marawah undertaken by specialists working for the Abu Dhabi Islands Archaeological Survey, ADIAS, has yielded important new dating about the structure of the settlements, and about their cultural links with elsewhere in the peninsula, it has been announced. The two sites, identified by ADIAS in 1991, on Sir Bani Yas, and 2000, on Marawah, are the only ...  >>MORE

New Results from Abu Dhabi Islands Archaeological Survey

Posted on 12/05/2002

A short season of studying excavated material from pre-Islamic Christian archaeological sites on Abu Dhabi's islands of Sir Bani Yas and Marawah undertaken by specialists working for the Abu Dhabi Islands Archaeological Survey, ADIAS, has yielded important new dating about the structure of the settlements, and about their cultural links with elsewhere in the peninsula, it is announced today. The two sites, identified by ADIAS in 1991, on Sir Bani Yas, and 2000, on Marawah, are the only ...  >>MORE

New Finds prove importance of AD Airport Archaeological Site

Posted on 07/05/2002

Further fieldwork carried out at an archaeological site at the Abu Dhabi Airport Golf Club, coupled with a detailed study of the flint tools recovered during earlier work at the site have confirmed the importance of the site during the Late Stone Age period, around 5,500 to 4,000 BC, it is announced today. The Airport site was first discovered on a range of low hills inside the perimeter of the Golf Club in 1995, when a short season of fieldwork was undertaken by the Abu Dhabi Islands ...  >>MORE

New Finds prove importance of AD Airport Archaeological Site

Posted on 07/05/2002

Further fieldwork carried out at an archaeological site at the Abu Dhabi Airport Golf Club, coupled with a detailed study of the flint tools recovered during earlier work at the site have confirmed the importance of the site during the Late Stone Age period, around 5,500 to 4,000 BC, it is announced today. The Airport site was first discovered on a range of low hills inside the perimeter of the Golf Club in 1995, when a short season of fieldwork was undertaken by the Abu Dhabi Islands ...  >>MORE

Two major Iron Age sites found on East Coast

Posted on 18/04/2002

A French archaeological team announced on 11 April, the discovery of two important historical sites near Al Bithna in Fujairah of a temple and fort dated to the Iron Age. The archaeological survey is a completion of excavations by a Swiss archaeological expedition at the same site in Al Bithna village during 1987-88, and 1994. Snake temple The first site, 'Bithna 44', is an old temple, later occupied by Muslims who built a small village on the site. In 1994 archaeologists found pottery ...  >>MORE

Two historical sites unearthed

Posted on 12/04/2002

One of the archaeological sites discovered by the French team in Al Bithna village near Fujairah City. A French archaeological team has discovered two important historical sites of an old temple and a defensive construction in Al Bithna village which date back to the Iron Age. The archaeological survey started on March 1 and will run until April 29 after the signing of a scientific co-operation agreement between the French National Research Centre and the Fujairah Department of Archaeology and ...  >>MORE

Pre-ceramic archaeological evidence found

Posted on 11/04/2002

Evidence of pre-ceramic life, including a large graveyard, has been discovered at Jabal Al Buhais by a Sharjah and German archaeological team. ‘Jabal Al Buhais is one of the oldest most important sites for learning of the history of the Arabian Peninsula and the Middle East,' said Dr Sabah Jasim, head of the local archaeological expedition. The head of the German excavation team, Professor Hans-Peter Uerpmann, from Tubingen University, found that the graveyard which measured 15 metres ...  >>MORE

Pre-ceramic evidence found in Sharjah

Posted on 10/04/2002

In what is believed to be an important archaeological breakthrough in the region, evidence - including a large graveyard - of pre-ceramic life has been found at Jabal Al Buhais by the Sharjah archaeological team in a joint venture with German experts. "The evidence found during the excavation of one of the 87 sites at Jabal Al Buhais is the oldest ones and the most important for the history of the Arabian peninsula and the Middle East," said Dr Sabah Jasim, head of the local archaeological ...  >>MORE

Old farmhouse excavated

Posted on 10/04/2002

A large farm, whose history is not known so far, has been excavated here, it was announced here yesterday. Made of mud bricks, the farm is a fine example of a typical palm garden structure. Christian Velde, Resident Archaeologist at the Ras Al Khaimah National Museum, explained that the farmhouse consists of two rooms and a large courtyard. He said that the farmhouse includes a date press (madbasa) in one of the rooms as well as several tenurs (ovens). He stressed that this farm has a ...  >>MORE

Archaeological treasures in focus

Posted on 09/04/2002

Daniel Hull Development sometimes takes its inevitable toll on a country's archaeological treasures 'but by some curious chance' it also sometimes leads to the discovery of long-forgotten natural heritage. This was the gist of a one-hour lecture delivered on Sunday night by Daniel Hull, resident archaeologist of the Abu Dhabi Islands Archaeological Survey, to more than 100 members of the Dubai Natural History Group (DNHG), in Jumeirah. Hull cited the example of the oldest settlement in the ...  >>MORE

Stone Age settlement discovered in Sharjah

Posted on 09/04/2002

Remnants of an ancient spring that once sustained a Stone Age community in the 6th and 5th millennium BC in Sharjah have been discovered in the Jabal Al Buhais archaeological site by German archaeologist Professor Hans-Peter Uerpmann from Tubingen University. Prof. Uerpmann said that samples taken from 'site 18', which he said was one of the most significant finds in the Arabian peninsula, will be analysed at Heidelburg University in Germany. Most significant is the discovery of an ancient ...  >>MORE

3,000-year-old water clefts discovered

Posted on 27/03/2002

A team of local and Spanish archaeologists has succeeded in digging up a number of ancient water clefts in Al Madam Plain of the UAE. According to Dr. Sabah Jassem, head of the local team of the Antiquities Directorate of Sharjah Department of Culture and Information, the joint team concluded excavation work at Al Thuqaiba site last week. The focus of the exhibition this season was on tracing old sources of water on which ancient residents of the region depended. "The existence of water must ...  >>MORE

Important archaeological discoveries at Dalma Island

Posted on 14/03/2002

Collaboration between archaeologists, Abu Dhabi Municipality's Sewerage Projects Committee and contractors led to important information on the 7,000 year old archaeological site on Dalma Island. Contractors made the initial discovery of the site in October 2000 following the digging of a pipeline trench on the island which uncovered layers containing remains of fireplaces, seashells and pottery. The contracting work was stopped and archaeologists returned to the island in October to examine the ...  >>MORE

New evidence for the UAE's oldest ancient village on Dalma Island

Posted on 11/03/2002

Collaboration between archaeologists and the Abu Dhabi Municipality's Sewerage Projects Committee and contractors has led to the discovery of important new information about the UAE's oldest archaeological site, on Dalma Island, west of Abu Dhabi, it is announced today. The initial discovery was made in October last year, following the digging of a pipeline trench inside the former compound of the Abu Dhabi Women's Association on the island. The pipeline cut through an area previously ...  >>MORE

Sharjah resumes archaeological excavations

Posted on 06/03/2002

Archaeological excavations at the Late Stone Age settlement and burial site at Jebel Buhais, in Sharjah, have resumed this week, following the return to the UAE of a nine member from from Germany's University of Tubingen. The team, headed by Professor Hans-Peter Uerpmann, includes archaeologists as well as specialists in other disciplines, including the environment, geology and pathology, and will be working in association with the Directorate of Antiquities at Sharjah's Department of Culture ...  >>MORE

Study of Jebel Dhanna sulphur mines completed

Posted on 26/02/2002

A fourth phase of archaeological investigations into a complex of sulphur mines at Jebel Dhanna, in Abu Dhabi's Western Region, has recently been completed by the Abu Dhabi Islands Archaeological Survey, ADIAS, it is announced today. The investigations were carried out with the support of the Abu Dhabi Company for Onshore Oil Operations, ADCO, and focused on the part of Jebel Dhanna that falls within the oil export terminal facilities of ADCO. The sulphur mines, the only ones of their type ...  >>MORE

Spanish team to resume excavations

Posted on 13/02/2002

A Spanish expedition from Madrid University will resume archaeological excavations in Al Thaqiba. The expedition is led by Dr Joaquin Cordoba and will be working in the Mudam valley, in the central region of the emirate. In previous excavations, the Spanish excavators discovered an agricultural village that comprised some two-storey houses, inside which they found ancient objects such as clay pots, metal tools, cosmetic tools and weapons dating back to the Iron Age, or the year 1000 BC. The ...  >>MORE

Archaeological finds in Fujairah and Ras Al Khaimah

Posted on 07/02/2002

The UAE Offset Group (UOG) discovered archaeological remains on the coast of Fujairah and Ras Al Khaimah while constructing a water pipeline between the Fujairah coastal town of Qidfa and a desalination plant in Al Ain. The Abu Dhabi Islands Archaeological Survey (ADIAS) studied the finds and have discovered over 20 unrecorded archaeological sites. The most important are Manduk and Munai close to Ras Al Khaimah, and at Qidfa and Qurrayah on the Fujairah coastal plain. ...  >>MORE

UAE-French team inspects UAQ archaeology site

Posted on 07/02/2002

Brigadier Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Mu'alla, Chairman of Umm Al Qaiwain Department of Heritage and Museums, along with French ambassador Francois Jouyette, inspected yesterday progress of work at an archaeological site in Al Aqa'ab island. The survey is being conducted by a French archaeological team, headed by Dr. Philip Marks of Paris University. Sheikh Mohammed discussed with the French envoy the possibility of expanding the range of excavations to cover more sites in the next season as ...  >>MORE

ADIAS identifies 20 new sites along RAK-Fujairah coast

Posted on 03/02/2002

Over twenty previously unrecorded archaeological sites were identified by the Abu Dhabi Islands Archaeological Survey (ADIAS) during an environmental and archaeological baseline study of a 180-kilometre pipeline route from Qidfa in Fujairah to Al Ain, a press release said on Saturday. The most significant sites were discovered in the southern part of Ras Al Khaimah, near Manduk and Munai and on the Fujairah coastal plain at Qidfa and near the village of Qurrayah. The survey was commissioned by ...  >>MORE

Bid to protect archaeological wealth on Delma

Posted on 02/02/2002

In a bid to safeguard the archaeological wealth thought to exist on Delma Island, the municipality there is embarking on an extensive survey to map out areas of prospective 'finds' to prevent modern day builders from unwittingly wiping out the past. Mohanna Al Muhairi, the municipality's Deputy Director, revealed that when the waste water network was being planned and implemented on the island, there were no maps whatsoever that depicted archaeological sites, or hinted at the presence of ...  >>MORE

Old Islamic artefacts found in Khorfakkan

Posted on 01/02/2002

Remains of old Islamic artefacts and buildings, including a mosque and a fence dating back to the 14th and 16th centuries AD, were unearthed by a Japanese archaeological expedition at the Loulouiyya Archaeological site in Khor Fakkan, bearing evidence that the area provided a major linkage in the international trade network between the Eastern Arab ianPeninsula and Eastern Asia. Dr Sabah Abboud Jasim, Head of the Local Archaeological Expedition and archaeology expert at the Directorate of ...  >>MORE

Archaeologists working on the 4,000-year-old pit grave in Al Ain

Posted on 20/01/2002

Excavations and archaeological finds in Al Ain reveal the presence of thalassemia and a high mortality rate among infants about 4,000 years ago. This was uncovered after French archaeologists discovered a massive pit grave in Hili Archaeological Garden in the early 1980s. Details of the grave were disclosed by French officials while announcing the hosting of a one-day conference on archaeology in the UAE by the Council of French Nationals Living Abroad. According to Dr Sophie Mery, the mass ...  >>MORE

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New evidence shows falaj in Al Ain is world's oldest


Rare coin found in RAK


Al Ain excavations bring out ancient health facts


ETISALAT staff in RAK find old cemetery


Excavations on iron-age site completed


Ancient coins on display at Sheikh Saeed House


Archaeology exhibition opens in Dubai


Ancient elephant tusk found near Ruwais


New finds at Abu Dhabi airport archaeological site


Website adds new section on date cultivation


TAKREER backs fossil research at Ruwais


New plan to restore historic Al Ain sites


'UAE history dates back to 7,000 years'


Fujairah abounds with historical sites


Focus on UAE at archaeology conference


ADIAS study on Dalma island sites


Stone and bronze age sites discovered in Al Ain


Data on six million-year-old fossils


New data from Sir Bani Yas study


New Results from Abu Dhabi Islands Archaeological Survey


New Finds prove importance of AD Airport Archaeological Site


New Finds prove importance of AD Airport Archaeological Site


Two major Iron Age sites found on East Coast


Two historical sites unearthed


Pre-ceramic archaeological evidence found


Pre-ceramic evidence found in Sharjah


Old farmhouse excavated


Archaeological treasures in focus


Stone Age settlement discovered in Sharjah


3,000-year-old water clefts discovered


Important archaeological discoveries at Dalma Island


New evidence for the UAE's oldest ancient village on Dalma Island


Sharjah resumes archaeological excavations


Study of Jebel Dhanna sulphur mines completed


Spanish team to resume excavations


Archaeological finds in Fujairah and Ras Al Khaimah


UAE-French team inspects UAQ archaeology site


ADIAS identifies 20 new sites along RAK-Fujairah coast


Bid to protect archaeological wealth on Delma


Old Islamic artefacts found in Khorfakkan


Archaeologists working on the 4,000-year-old pit grave in Al Ain