DCT Abu Dhabi announces several major archaeological discoveries in emirate near Al Ain city, revealing Iron Age artifacts
The Abu Dhabi Department of Culture and Tourism (DCT Abu Dhabi) has announced several major archaeological discoveries in the emirate, made during the “salvage” excavation of late pre-Islamic burial sites discovered while upgrading roads and infrastructure.
Located in the old neighborhood of Kuwait in the “Garden City” Al Ain, the fourth largest city in the United Arab Emirates and the second largest city in the United Arab Emirates Emirate of Abu DhabiThe excavation site revealed artifacts from the Iron Age to the pre-Islamic period (1300 BC to 600 AD).
DCT Abu Dhabi About 20 individual graves were reported to have been found, along with a number of “exceptionally well-preserved” items, including complete amphorae and other ceramic, bronze bowls and other glass and alabaster vessels. In addition, it found “a large number” of iron weapons, including arrows, spears and some swords.
“The presence of the cemetery suggests that settlements from the same period may have been located nearby, while the presence of a deep underground water channel (aflaj) noted in the area is further evidence of the establishment of the nearby Al Ain oasis of this period,” the government official said.
HE Mohamed Khalifa Al said: “DCT Abu Dhabi has made a significant contribution to understanding life in the region during lesser-known periods – for example, proving that the early settlers of the land practiced agricultural systems longer than previously thought much earlier,” DCT Abu Dhabi Chairman Hosni Mubarak said in a statement.
He added: “Through these efforts, we continue to gain a fuller understanding of Abu Dhabi’s past, enhance our pride in the achievements of our ancestors, and make valuable contributions to the region and its development. global scientific discourse“
In addition to excavation, soil samples were taken to provide more information about the ancient environment, such as the types of crops grown during the Iron Age. DCT Abu Dhabi Partner leading educational institution and government organizations provide the latest knowledge on its historic management and preservation.