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Abu Dhabi, UAEWednesday 24 April 2019

Mass graves, tools and remains of ancient homes discovered in Sharjah last year

Dr Sabah Jassim, the head of the local archaeological mission, announced the findings at the 9th International Congress on the Archaeology of the Ancient Near East held recently in Basel, Switzerland.
Stone of a Roman ring from the Maliha site from the first century AD. Courtesy Department of Culture and Information Sharjah
Stone of a Roman ring from the Maliha site from the first century AD. Courtesy Department of Culture and Information Sharjah
SHARJAH // Underground burial grounds and the remnants of residential buildings, as well as tools associated with early hominids, were revealed during archaeological excavations across the emirate last year.

The finds, in buildings of clay brick, were made during digs organised by the Department of Culture and Information in and around Maliha, Wadi Al Helou, Tall Al Abraq, Central Region, Dibba Al Hisn, Al Faya Mountain and Sahila.

The department of antiquities discovered a large mass grave that contained a number of human skeletons and a variety of burial gifts, including pottery, glazed jars, hardware and weapons. A rare collection of glass bottles was also found inside the grave.

Dr Sabah Jassim, the head of the local archaeological mission, announced the findings at the 9th International Congress on the Archaeology of the Ancient Near East held recently in Basel, Switzerland, and revealed the results of isotopic analysis on some horse and camel skeletons that were found in the Maliha site.

Dr Jassim pointed out that the horse that was buried along with an iron bridle encrusted with gold, came from the northern Arabian gulf, from Failaka island in Kuwait or Mesopotamia.

The discovery indicates that the first domesticated Arabian horses appeared in the UAE before anywhere else in the Arabian Peninsula. Analysis also showed that the camel found buried alongside the horse was born in Al Ain and later brought to Maliha.

A number of lectures, workshops and seminars were held at the Basel event in cooperation with the Sharjah department of archaeology and local and international missions. They featured experts from the department and across the Arab world.

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Updated: January 8, 2015 04:00 AM

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