Abu Dhabi culture and heritage panel launches excavation drive in Al Ain

A Staff Reporter
Filed on April 9, 2006

ABU DHABI In its efforts to unearth more findings on the ancient civilisations believed to have flourished in the UAE, the Abu Dhabi Authority for Culture and Heritage has launched a massive archeological excavation campaign. The move is part of implementing a strategy to preserve the cultural heritage of the emirate of Abu Dhabi, which has been unleashed recently in collaboration with the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (Unesco).

Under the strategy, a new perspective for running the Antiquities and Tourism Department in the city of Al Ain has been laid down. Al Ain has become part of the work of the authority regarding archeological survey and excavation, protection of the new finds and mobilisation of the national staff to handle the field works and related matters of documentation, renovation, conducting of studies and researches.

The authority has teamed up with a team from the Department of Antiquities and Tourism in Al Ain in conducting surveys and intensive probing inside a farm in Haili area to ensure the possibility of extension of archeological remains or ancient architectural signs to this region, which is situated only 700 meters from the Haili archaeological compound. Due to the importance of the work and the compound, which will undergo a development process in the near future, the authority has underlined the need to treat the site as one unit, and handle its perimeters as wholeness as well as protecting all its parts, regardless of their nature and ages.

Haili area is dated to the beginning of being settled by human groups 5,000 years ago, and is, by all accounts, one of the biggest archeological sites in the UAE.

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