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7 Days in Dubai - - FRONT PAGE - By Sar­wat Nasir @Sar­watNasir sar­

A 4,000-year-old civil­i­sa­tion is buried un­der the UAE, of­fi­cials have said af­ter find­ing thou­sands of an­cient dag­gers, swords, jewellery and other arte­facts dur­ing an ex­ca­va­tion.

A solid- gold ring was among the finds un­earthed at the Sarouq Al Hadeed at Al Mar­maum in the Dubai desert, which has in­spired the Expo 2020’s new logo de­sign.

Ev­i­dence of the UAE’s an­ces­tors ex­ists in the area ex­tend­ing from Bay­nounah in Abu Dhabi to Sarouq Al Hadeed in Dubai and from Mal­iha Val­ley in Shar­jah to the moun­tains of Ras Al Khaimah and Fu­jairah.

Ker­rie Grant, an arche­ol­o­gist with the Sarouq Al Hadeed Arche­o­log­i­cal Re­search Project, said in a video shared by the Expo 2020 team: “The amount of stuff they [an­cient tribes of Ara­bia] left be­hind is quite ex­tra­or­di­nary.

“We found cop­per cakes. They would’ve been very ex­pen­sive back then, and to leave it all be­hind - why would you do that? And these are the ques­tions we are try­ing to an­swer.”

Hus­sain Nasser Lootah, Di­rec­tor General of Dubai Mu­nic­i­pal­ity, which is lead­ing the ex­ca­va­tions, said that just 5 per cent of the to­tal area has been ex­plored so far, with many more arte­facts ex­pected to be found in the com­ing years.

He said: “The arte­facts are 4,000 years old. We have found 10,000 dag­gers, jewellery and other arte­facts.

“We have ex­ca­vated just five per cent of the site so imag­ine what we will find in the re­main­ing 95 per cent.

“We have gath­ered ar­rows, jars, pieces of gold and other types of ma­te­ri­als. This is a vast amount of treasure and is a big part of the an­cient civil­i­sa­tion of the UAE.

“The rest is still buried un­der the sand dunes and we plan to carry out the ex­ca­va­tions some­time in the fu­ture.”

Many of the find­ings had snakes in­scribed upon them.

“Maybe they were wor­ship­ping snakes or they thought snakes were some­thing that could pro­tect them,” said Rashad Bukhashan, an en­gi­neer with Dubai Mu­nic­i­pal­ity.

“You can find the snakes on pot­tery, on gold, on bronze and made from iron.”

We have ex­ca­vated 5 per cent of the site, so imag­ine what we will find in the re­main­ing 95 per cent

– Mu­nic­i­pal­ity chief Hus­sain Nasser Al Lootah

IN­SPEC­TION: HH Sheikh Mo­hammed bin Rashid Al Mak­toum with the arte­facts

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