x Abu Dhabi, UAEFriday 28 July 2017

Building crew unearths ancient vase in Al Ain

A construction crew digging for a municipal project in Al Ain unearth a glazed pottery vessel that dates back 2,000 years.

A construction crew digging for a municipal project in Al Ain has unearthed a glazed pottery vessel that dates back 2,000 years. Their find sheds more light on an ancient civilisation that once inhabited the country. The Abu Dhabi Authority for Culture and Heritage (Adach) announced yesterday that a team of archaeologists has begun inspecting the site around the Sheikha Salama Mosque, which is being rebuilt.

The ceramic vase was crafted in the amphora style, with two handles on each side of a narrow body, used for transporting wine and other liquids. It is believed that it was used during the Hellenistic civilisation - a period in which Greek culture heavily influenced the ancient world and also fused with elements of Eastern culture. The discovery of the pottery in Al Ain strengthens evidence of trading relations between the UAE and Greece during that period.

In the UAE during the third century BC, ancient settlers inhabited the Mileiha site in present-day Sharjah and Al Dour in Umm al Quwain. Part of an extension of a "falaj" shaft - a centuries-old underground irrigation system for channeling water to gardens - was also discovered nearby during the construction in Al Ain. mkwong@thenational.ae