An extensive program and tours in Jabal Buhais and Maliha

Sharjah celebrates the International Day of Archeology in the shadows of history

  • The tours aim to spread the culture of archaeological awareness among groups of society.

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Amidst evidences of history and archaeological sites, the Sharjah Archeology Authority recently celebrated the occasion of the International Day of Antiquities, which falls on October 17th, as it organized field visits to several sites, and tours of Jabal Buhais and Mleiha.

The celebration program included a visit to Mount Buhais, where there is an important burial site, in which more than 600 human skeletons dating back to the Neolithic period were discovered.

The visits also included the Mleiha Archeology Center, which provides a model for ecological and cultural tourism, and the participants were briefed on the most important interactive displays and antiquities presented by the center, with the aim of getting acquainted - more broadly - with the unique environment of Mleiha.

Issa Youssef said: “We are keen to celebrate the International Day of Antiquities, and we participate with various bodies, bodies and institutions around the world celebrating this important occasion, which deals with antiquities, their importance and position, and the occasion is an opportunity to show all those interested, specialists and lovers of antiquities what Sharjah has accomplished in terms of works, excavations and operations. Excavations, which revealed human settlement in the emirate of more than 125 thousand years, in addition to the fact that most of the missions specialized in antiquities started excavation and excavation operations in October.

He added: “The celebration program of the International Day of Antiquities aims to contribute to highlighting the authority’s role in the scientific aspect of strengthening studies and research existing in archaeological excavation sites, and the role of Sharjah in highlighting the civilizational role of the people of the emirate in relation to archaeological discoveries of historical value, in addition to spreading the culture of archaeological awareness. Among the groups of society ».

During the tour, Issa Yousef pointed out that these archaeological areas and sites contribute to supporting tourism, archaeological and cultural destinations, and converting these sites into tourist attractions, in light of vital cooperation with the Sharjah Investment and Development Authority (Shurooq), in order to promote Sharjah's antiquities, through Important discoveries found during excavations.

He added that Mleiha is considered one of the most important settlements that knew writing of all kinds, Musnad and Aramaic, as well as coinage and use of currency, and imported goods from all regions of the world, and this settlement continued until the third century AD, and it gave it economic power and the ability to control trade, and thus it could be considered Mleiha The southeastern entrance to the Arabian Peninsula, as Yemen is the southwestern entrance to the Arabian Peninsula.

During the tours, Issa Yusef explained that among the most important discoveries in Mleiha, the names mentioned in the Musnad line, Awaid bin Aws, and Amad bin Jar bin Ali were also mentioned, and the oldest mention of Oman in history was found in Mleiha in the Musnad script, as well as glass bottles. Greek jars were imported from the Mediterranean via the Levant, indicating the extent of the cultural connection to the region since the third century BC.

For the leading role

The Director of Antiquities at the Sharjah Antiquities Authority, Issa Yousef, gave a lecture through the application of "Zoom", entitled: "The pioneering role of archaeological discoveries in the Emirate of Sharjah", in which he touched upon the most important archaeological sites in the Basma emirate, in: Maliha, Jebel Faya, Jebel Buhais, and the site Suhaila, Dibba Al-Hisn, Wadi Al-Hilu, and the various archaeological sites that have witnessed excavations and excavations revealed an ancient human settlement in Sharjah.

He shed light on discoveries that were found, which have evidence of civilization in the region and in southeastern Arabia.

He explained that many of the finds and material remnants, which were found in those archaeological sites and their geographical distribution in the Emirate of Sharjah, filled the historical void that prevailed and explained it through various artifacts, inscriptions, and tools, such as: Assyrian axes that were discovered in the Suhaila site, where It closed the gap that existed in southeastern Arabia.

Mleiha Archeology Center provides a model for ecological and cultural tourism.

Important discoveries found during excavations.

Issa Youssef:

"Mleiha is one of the most important settlements that has known writing of all kinds ... It also knew the coinage and used it."

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