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HISTORY & TRADITIONS - ARCHAEOLOGY

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

Umm Al Quwain begins archaeological surveys

Posted on 14/01/2002

The Department of Heritage and Museums in Umm Al Quwain has begun a survey at an archaeological site in Al Aqaab island. Evidence gathered so far has indicated the site was a major seasonal fishing centre in the Stone Age, some 5000 years ago, said Dr. Imtisaal Kazim Al Naqeeb, Director of Umm Al Quwain National Museum in a statement to the Emirates News Agency (WAM). "It's one of the oldest archaeological sites in the UAE", she added. The survey is being conducted on the instruction of the HH ...  >>MORE

More water reservoirs found on Futaisi isle

Posted on 13/01/2002

Archaeologists have recently discovered 22 more ancient water catchments on the islands of Abu Dhabi, showing an innovative survival technique used in the region in the past. A series of detailed studies by Abu Dhabi Islands Archaeological Survey (ADIAS) on Futaisi Island, which lies about 8 km southwest of Abu Dhabi city, show that most of these water catchments date back to the late Islamic period and some may be even older. Daniel Hull, ADIAS Resident Archaeologist, elaborating on the ...  >>MORE

Archaeological Survey’s new website aims to spread heritage message

Posted on 27/05/2001

The Abu Dhabi Islands Archaeological Survey (ADIAS), established in 1992 to survey, record and excavate archaeological sites on the coast and islands of the emirate, has launched its own website. ADIAS Executive Director Peter Hellyer said the site, http://www.adias-uae.com, was set up in collaboration with the Environmental Research and Wildlife Development Agency (ERWDA) to help spread information about the work of the ...  >>MORE

Sharjah archaeological site to be turned into a museum

Posted on 28/04/2001

His Highness Dr Sheikh Sultan bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, Ruler of Sharjah, has ordered that the Al Bahis archaeological site be turned into a museum and added to the emirate's tourist attractions. Excavations were carried out for two months by a German team headed by Dr Hans Peter Uerpmann in association with a local team. They found evidence of a human settlement dating back to 5000 B.C. Some 600 skeletons were discovered and were taken to Germany and Switzerland for laboratory analysis. One ...  >>MORE

Kush dig reveals vital finds

Posted on 22/04/2001

The Kush archaeological dig in the Shimal area of Ras Al Khaimah will come to a close at the end of April. The six-year project has bee organised by the Department of Antiquities and Museum of Ras Al Khaimah, sponsored by Shell Companies in the UAE and the National Bank of Ras Al Khaimah, supported by the British Museum and the University of Durham. Derek Kennet, Director of the Project says: Whilst the actual digging a the site has stopped, the work goes on and for us as archaeologists much of ...  >>MORE

Archaeology proposed as a subject in schools

Posted on 18/04/2001

The three-day International UAE Archaeology Conference, which ended on Tuesday, recommended introducing UAE archaeology as a subject in schools and educational institutions and training national cadres in the field. The participants also decided to hold the conference regularly. They also called for enhancing co-operation between Arab archaeology institutions and departments and exchanging experts. The conference recommended launching a science magazine to publish reports and researches ...  >>MORE

Hidden Riches: The Fascinating Heritage of the Emirates

Posted on 15/04/2001

The opening today of the First International Conference on the Archaeology of the Emirates will focus attention on the UAE's cultural heritage, showing that, long before the rapid progress of recent years, the people of the country had an ancient and fascinating past, stretching back over 7,000 years. The conference, being held under the patronage of Deputy Prime Minister Sheikh Sultan bin Zayed Al Nahyan, is being organised by the Zayed Centre for Heritage and History, a division of the ...  >>MORE

7,000 year-old skull found in Sharjah

Posted on 15/04/2001

A joint local and German archaeological team has announced that it had discovered a 7,000 year-old human skull at Jebel Al Buhais in Sharjah. '' The skull has been sent to Germany where a CD encephalography has been made for further analysis,'' said officials from the Sharjah Archaeology Museum and German excavation expedition said today at a press conference. Dr. Sabah Al Jassim, head of local expedition team at Sharjah Department of Culture and Information, said excavations had unearthed ...  >>MORE

Abu Dhabi settlement 'was regional trade hub'

Posted on 14/04/2001

An ancient settlement has been discovered in Abu Dhabi's Western Region which dates back to the mid-Islamic period and was used by passing trading and other ships as a major stopover, Gulf News reported. The site at Ras Ghumais peninsula, about 330 kilometres east of Abu Dhabi on the Saudi border, was discovered by Abu Dhabi Islands Archaeological Survey (ADIAS). Daniel Hull, Field Archaeologist at ADIAS, said: "The preliminary survey on the site, which adds another important chapter to Abu ...  >>MORE

Spanish archaeology team to resume Sharjah excavations

Posted on 18/03/2001

A Spanish archaeological team from Madrid University is to resume excavations at Al Thakiba site in Madam plains of the central region of Sharjah. The team, headed by Dr. Quakeen Kordosa, has worked in Sharjah in previous seasons during which a number of structures were unearthed and many artifacts dating back to the Iron Age were recovered, according to a report in the daily ‘Khaleej Times.' The site comprises a residential settlement and workshops. This year's excavations will cover new parts ...  >>MORE

Ancient settlement unearthed in Mleiha

Posted on 20/02/2001

Excavation work at Mleiha in Sharjah by a French archaeological team has revealed a sophisticated ancient settlement which could have been the seat of power of some ancient south Arabian kingdom. This was stated by Ann Benoist, in-charge of field operations at Mleiha, in a lecture at the Sharjah Archaeological Museum. The recently excavated Mleiha Fort seems to have been the centre of life for the ancient inhabitants. Proof was found that coins were minted in this structure as fragments of ...  >>MORE

Excavation of ancient fort site completed

Posted on 30/01/2001

A joint local and French archaeological expedition completed this month's excavations of an ancient fort in Melaiha area of Sharjah emirate, dating back to the first and second millennium A.C., according to Dr Sabah Jassim, head of the team. The excavations of the site which began in 1992 by a team from the Sharjah Department of Culture and Information and a French team headed by Dr Anne Benoie, stopped in 1995 until 1998 because part of the fort was located under a highway connecting Dhaid ...  >>MORE

Unique fossils found in UAE

Posted on 21/01/2001

Unique fossils discovered by palaeontologists from the Natural History Museum, London, near Jebel Dhanna in a research project carried out with the support of the Abu Dhabi Company for Onshore Oil Operations, ADCO, will be made available to the public. The Environmental Research and Wildlife Development Agency, ERWDA, which received the fossils has announced that scientists, as well as the general public will have the chance of viewing the fossils, which were discovered during the period ...  >>MORE

Ancient Mosque found in Khor Fakkan

Posted on 17/01/2001

A fort containing a mosque dating back to the 13th century has been discovered by a Japanese archaeological team during their recent excavations on the Sharjah East Coast. The site, called "Luluiyah Fort”, has been discovered on the mountain in Khor Fakkan area on the East Coast. According to the initial findings, it dates back to the late 13th Century. This is the first Islamic site so far excavated on the East Coast and Japanese archaeologists are the first foreign team allowed to ...  >>MORE

Excavations resume in Khor Fakkan

Posted on 03/01/2001

A five-member Japanese archaeological team from Kanazov University arrived last week in Sharjah to resume excavations of Islamic sites in Khor Fakkan. It is the second season for the Japanese team which is headed by Prof. Natsu Sasaki. Last year's excavations revealed the existence of a significant commercial centre which played a vital role in commercial relations between the Arab Peninsula and the East Asia between 12th and 14th centuries. The team found in the last season large quantities of ...  >>MORE

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