Pottery from early Islamic era found in Riyadh

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Updated 11 October 2018
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Pottery from early Islamic era found in Riyadh

  • The work has revealed that Ghilan palace was built at the foot of a mountain overlooking the valley of Sudair, 684 meters above sea level

JEDDAH: Excavations at the Ghilan archaeological site in the Riyadh region have revealed glazed and unglazed pottery fragments dating back to the early Islamic era.

The excavations are being carried out by the antiquities and museums sector of the Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage (SCTH), in cooperation with Arab East Colleges for Graduate Studies.

The work has revealed that Ghilan palace was built at the foot of a mountain overlooking the valley of Sudair, 684 meters above sea level.

On Wednesday, SCTH announced the launch of this year’s archaeological excavation season, with the participation of 44 joint Saudi-international expeditions throughout the Kingdom.

The SCTH recently expanded its survey and exploration work to include more sites. The work is being carried out using modern scientific methods, and with the participation of Saudi and international expeditions from various universities and research centers specializing in archaeology.

The work will continue for several seasons, and is being followed up by SCTH President Prince Sultan bin Salman through field visits.


Trump: Saudi arrests in Khashoggi death ‘a good first step’

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Trump: Saudi arrests in Khashoggi death ‘a good first step’

  • Trump said that Saudi Arabia has been a great ally
  • The president said he wanted to talk to Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman on what to do next

LUKE AIR FORCE BASE, Arizona: US President Donald Trump on Friday called Saudi Arabia's announcement that suspects are in custody in the death of journalist Jamal Khashoggi a "good first step" and said he would work with Congress on a US response.

The president spoke to the media at a defense roundtable in Arizona hours after Saudi Arabia claimed that Khashoggi, a Washington Post contributor last seen on Oct. 2, was killed in a "fistfight" at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul. The kingdom also said that 18 suspects were in custody and that intelligence officials had been fired.

Asked by a reporter whether he thought Saudi Arabia's explanation for Khashoggi's death was credible, Trump said, "I do. I do." But he said before he decided what to do next, he wanted to talk to Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

"Saudi Arabia has been a great ally, but what happened is unacceptable," Trump said. Regarding the Saudi arrests, he said, "It's a big first step. It's only a first step, but it's a big first step."