Saudi-French team dis­cov­ers Stone Age sites in Tabuk

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TABUK: Saudi in­ter­na­tional mis­sions op­er­at­ing in the Tabuk re­gion un­der the su­per­vi­sion of the Saudi Com­mis­sion for Tourism and Na­tional Her­itage (SCTH) have dis­cov­ered a large num­ber of tools, en­grav­ings and ar­chi­tec­tural units in three sites in the re­gion.

Th­ese dis­cov­er­ies date back to dif­fer­ent civ­i­liza­tions be­gin­ning from the Stone Age un­til the Is­lamic Era.

The spe­cial­ized teams said that th­ese sites need fur­ther study and ex­ca­va­tion. Tabuk re­gion was a con­duit for an­cient trade routes.

There are rock and an­i­mal draw­ings at Kilwa site, north­east of Tabuk. The Kilwa site is lo­cated in­side the Al-Tabik Re­serve. The joint SaudiFrench team found an­cient ar­ti­facts and a large num­ber of rock-and-an­i­mal draw­ings which date back to the Stone Age.

The Kilwa his­tor­i­cal site and the sur­round­ing area are im­por­tant ar­chae­o­log­i­cal sites, be­cause th­ese sites con­tain dis­tin­guished ar­chae­o­log­i­cal units.

Thus, many stages of civ­i­liza­tion can be dis­tin­guished from pre­his­toric times to his­tor­i­cal pe­ri­ods and preIs­lamic pe­ri­ods in ad­di­tion to the Is­lamic pe­riod.

The stone draw­ings in the re­gion of Kilwa are among the most an­cient places in the Ara­bian Penin­sula and could date back to 7000 BC to 9000 BC.

In the val­leys and pas­toral ar­eas between the Tabuk and Jouf re­gions, a Saudi-Ja­panese team recorded 30 sites dat­ing back to var­i­ous pe­ri­ods and ages of the Pa­le­olithic, Ne­olithic, Bronze, Iron Age and sites of Is­lamic times.

Un­der the su­per­vi­sion of the SCTH, there are more than 30 mis­sions and sci­en­tific teams spe­cial­ized in re­search and ar­chae­o­log­i­cal ex­plo­ration. Th­ese teams in­clude Saudi sci­en­tists and oth­ers from the world’s top uni­ver­si­ties and the most pres­ti­gious re­search cen­ters from coun­tries in­clud­ing France, Italy, the United States, Bri­tain, Ger­many, Ja­pan, Bel­gium, Poland, Fin­land, the Nether­lands, Aus­tria and oth­ers.

The King­dom will hold the first fo­rum spe­cial­ized in ar­chae­ol­ogy. It is the first of its kind in Saudi Ara­bia, which will be held in Riyadh un­der the aus­pices of King Salma from Sa­far 18-20, 1439 AH.

The joint Saudi-French team found an­cient ar­ti­facts and a large num­ber of rock-and-an­i­mal draw­ings which date back to the Stone Age. (SPA)

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