The discoveries dating back to the 1st Century AD. WAM
UMM AL QUWAIN: Further excavations have been carried out at the archaeological site of ed-Dur by the Department of Tourism and Antiquities in Umm Al Quwain it has been announced.
Alia Al Ghafli, the Director General of the Department, said that discoveries included 15 tombs, settlement remains, bronze statuettes, pottery and jewellery, dating back to the 1st Century AD. Coins in a style derived from the coins of the 4th Century BC Greek emperor Alexander the Great were also found, she said.
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Coins in a style derived from the coins of the emperor Alexander the Great were also found.
"The excavations project is in line with the strategy of Umm Al Quwain's Government to support archaeological exploration across the Emirate," Al Ghafli said. The objective is to learn more about the region’s history through identifying more burial sites and by excavating more material, she added.
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