RARE ARCHE­O­LOG­I­CAL FIND AT WORLD CUP SITE

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Ex­tra­or­di­nary ge­o­log­i­cal find­ings have been un­earthed dur­ing the con­struc­tion phase of the Qatar Foun­da­tion Sta­dium. At the 'Di­a­mond Sta­dium', the pro­posed host venue up to the quar­ter-fi­nals of the 2022 FIFA World Cup Qatar, geotech­ni­cal sam­ples of Dukhan rock” dat­ing back ap­prox­i­mately 20 to 30 mil­lion years were un­earthed. “As we dug down deeper on site, we came across in­ter­est­ing and dis­tinct colour band­ings on the rock for­ma­tions. It was an in­ter­est­ing find, and we were in­trigued to find out how old these rocks re­ally were,” said Eid Al Qah­tani, Project Man­ager, Com­pe­ti­tion Venues at the Supreme Com­mit­tee for De­liv­ery & Legacy . “We de­cided to con­duct fur­ther re­search into the ‘Dukhan rock', which has been iden­ti­fied by a site in­ves­ti­ga­tion and geotech­ni­cal study. We dis­cov­ered that the rocks in ques­tion orig­i­nated un­der wa­ter, form­ing a layer known as the mid­dle-Eocene epoch. This is an ex­tra­or­di­nary find for a sta­dium con­struc­tion site, as usu­ally this type of rock is only found in deeper tun­nelling works, con­ducted by the likes of Qatar Rail.”

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