Archaeological discoveries in various parts of Saudi Arabia announced

The Vice-President of Antiquities and of the Museum Sector in the Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage announces at a press conference that new antiquities were discovered recently in Saudi Arabia. (AFP)
Updated 12 November 2017

Archaeological discoveries in various parts of Saudi Arabia announced

RIYADH: Archaeologists have announced a number of discoveries and phenomena in various parts of the Kingdom on the sidelines of the first Saudi Antiquities Forum which ended on Thursday.
One of these is a 1,000-year-old gold dinar struck in 453 AH, and uncovered by an archaeologist at King Saud University, local media reported.
The gold dinar, an Islamic medieval gold coin, was found only 20 centimeters below the surface at the archaeological site.
A new astronomical phenomenon linked to the Rajajil site was also found, in addition to six other Fatimid coins, glass bottles with writings dating back to the reign of the Caliph Al-Mustansir, part of a red agate pottery, and decorative beads.
Rajajil, often called the Stonehenge of Saudi Arabia, is a mysterious ancient site located on a sandstone terrace some 20 kilometers south of the center of Sakakah, the capital of Al-Jouf province, and a few kilometers south of Qarah village.
Archaeological excavations had revealed that Rajajil is indeed a burial site, but its true importance is “probably its role in the transition of lifestyles from nomadism toward sedentarism induced by climate changes on the Arabian Peninsula.
Archaeological investigation in the Al-Hajjar area also revealed the existence of 17 tombs with the names of 14 sculptors who worked in Madain Saleh, the first world heritage site of Saudi Arabia. The archaeological tombs in the area bore artistic inscriptions.


Buraidah Date Festival hosts exhibition on processing, manufacturing

The Buraidah region is famous for its dates and holds an annual market that starts in August and lasts up to three months. (SPA)
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Buraidah Date Festival hosts exhibition on processing, manufacturing

  • Saudi Arabia has the highest number of date palm trees in the world, roughly accounting for 25 percent of the world’s date production

BURAIDAH: The Buraidah Date Festival is hosting an exhibition that focuses on date manufacturing, processing and byproducts, the Saudi Press Agency reported.
The exhibition looks at date byproducts such as molasses, dough, sugar, jam, chocolate and maamoul. There are also displays about investment opportunities.
The region is known for its agricultural value to Saudi Arabia. In Buraidah, agriculture is still the cornerstone of the economy.
The Buraidah region is famous for its dates and holds an annual market that starts in August and lasts up to three months. It is the biggest date market in the world in terms of supply, and offers more than 30 varieties.
The festival is supervised by authorities in the Kingdom’s central Al-Qassim region and features events and activities for all ages. It has attracted the participation of entrepreneurs.
It is also a lifeline for thousands of farmers and young people who depend on the income generated from date farming.

HIGHLIGHT

Buraidah is the capital of Al-Qassim region in the heart of the Arabian Peninsula. The region is known for its agricultural value to Saudi Arabia. In Buraidah, agriculture is still the cornerstone of the economy.

Saudi Arabia has the highest number of date palm trees in the world, roughly accounting for 25 percent of the world’s date production.
The Qassim region hosts more than 8 million palm trees, which produce 205,000 tons of luxury dates annually that are exported regionally and internationally.
The annual date festival is an important place to source products including syrup, paste and gift boxes that are used throughout the year.
The Ministry of Water, Environment and Agriculture encourages date farming, allocates land, helps farmers purchase equipment and provides farmers with access to long-term loans through the Saudi Arabian Agricultural Bank.