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Abu Dhabi, UAESaturday 23 February 2019

RAK Ruler orders archaeological dig after ancient artefacts uncovered

Sheikh Saud bin Saqr Al Qasimi calls for exploration of historic site in the emirate

A worker at the Jazirat Al Hamra heritage village and archaeological site in Ras Al Khamiah. Christopher Pike / The National 
A worker at the Jazirat Al Hamra heritage village and archaeological site in Ras Al Khamiah. Christopher Pike / The National 

The Ruler of Ras Al Khaimah has called for a fresh archaeological excavation of an historic site in the emirate after a haul of ancient artefacts were uncovered.

A treasure trove of jewellery as well as metal clay and fragments of metal were handed over to Sheikh Saud bin Saqr Al Qasimi after being unearthed during a visit to Al Hamraniyah by Saeed Salem bin Naye’ Al Tunaiji, state news agency Wam reported.

Sheikh Saud has now approved a new exploration of the area to see if anymore secrets from the past are buried within.

The Ruler has approved the transfer of the items to the Department of Antiquities and Museums in Ras Al Khaimah.

He also hailed the efforts of members of the public to preserve the rich heritage of the emirate.

Mr Al Tunaiji said that the artefacts he found need to be studied by archaeological experts, prompting him to gift them to Sheikh Saud.

Ras Al Khaimah is home for one of the oldest, most authentic coastal villages in the country, Jazirat Al Hamra, which is known as the abandoned pearling village.

It has about 500 buildings built from coral, sand brick and cement dates back to the 17th century.

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Updated: January 19, 2019 10:47 AM

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