Joint Saudi-French expedition uncovers new archaeological sites in southern Riyadh

Updated 17 September 2018

Joint Saudi-French expedition uncovers new archaeological sites in southern Riyadh

  • The expedition was operating under the mandate of the National Authority for Tourism and National Heritage
  • SPA said this was the first time sites from the Paleolithic period were discovered in Al-Kharj province

JEDDAH: A joint Saudi-French expedition has uncovered archaeological sites that date back more than 100 thousand years amid a number of mountains in southern Riyadh, specifically in the Kharj province.
The expedition was operating under the mandate of the National Authority for Tourism and National Heritage.
The field survey covered mountainous territory, where the expeditionary team discovered sites that date back to the Stone Age or Paleolithic period in Al-Kharj province, about 100 thousand years ago.
The Saudi Press Agency report said this was the first time sites from the Paleolithic period were discovered in Al-Kharj province, in addition to sites dating back to the Upper Paleolithic period.
The remains of broken pottery, and bracelets made of stained glass were discovered on site.
Also uncovered at the site of Ain Dalea, in southern Al Kharj, was evidence of early human settlement dating back 5000 years.
The 18-member expedition included scientists and archaeologists from both Saudi Arabia and France.


Saudi Cabinet condemns Israeli airstrikes on the Gaza Strip

King Salman chairs the weekly Cabinet meeting in Riyadh on Tuesday. He reviewed several reports on international and regional matters. (SPA)
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Saudi Cabinet condemns Israeli airstrikes on the Gaza Strip

  • The Saudi ministers discussed the Rohingya issue and called on the Myanmar’s civilian leadership to take measures for the resolution of this issue

RIYADH: King Salman on Tuesday reviewed several reports on regional and international development presented to him during the weekly Cabinet session held in Riyadh. The Cabinet condemned the deadly Israeli airstrikes on the Gaza Strip.
The Saudi ministers called on the international community to ensure protection of the Palestinian people and confront Israel for violating international laws.
The Cabinet also welcomed the international consensus to vote on the decision to renew the mandate of the United National Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East.
In a statement issued to the Saudi Press Agency, Media Minister Turki Al-Shabanah said the ministers also condemned the Iranian-backed Houthis for seizing vessels passing through the Red Sea. The Cabinet, he said, welcomed the agreement on the establishment of a Constitutional Committee in Syria.
The Saudi ministers also discussed the Rohingya issue and called on the Myanmar’s civilian leadership to take measures for the resolution of this issue.
The Cabinet also authorized several ministries and government agencies to deal with their foreign counterparts to enhance cooperation in their respective fields.