7,000-year-old sites discovered in Al-Jouf

Updated 22 March 2016

7,000-year-old sites discovered in Al-Jouf

JEDDAH: There have been several ancient sites discovered in Al-Jouf dating back to the Chalcolithic Era 7,000 years ago.
This is according to Hans-Georg Gebel, professor of Neolithic and Bronze Age Studies at the Free University of Berlin in Germany and head of the Saudi-German excavation team in Al Rajajeel.
Gebel made the announcement during a lecture organized by the Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage (SCTNH), represented by the Center for Archaeological Studies and Research at the National Museum in Riyadh, an online media outlet reported.
He said some of the most important items found at the Rajajeel site included jewelry, necklaces, beads made of metal, shells, bones, utensils made of sandstone, and fan-shaped scrapers.
“The mission also found square-shaped sandstone with curved angles which were apparently moved to the oval burial chamber because it was found among a row of square stones in the interior walls of the chamber,” he said.
Gebel said the Rajajeel site was a central cemetery for the pastoral nomadic communities dating back from 6500 to 7000 years ago. There were tombs of up to 4.5 meters high, most probably monuments for tribal leaders, Gebel was quoted as saying by the SCTNH in a press release.



















There were two wells of about 4 to 5 meters deep dating back to about 5000 BC, with the likelihood of other similar ones also in the area. Extensive tests were conducted on the residues.


Saudi Arabia to fly home citizens abroad amid coronavirus outbreak

Updated 05 April 2020

Saudi Arabia to fly home citizens abroad amid coronavirus outbreak

  • Citizens will be subject to a 14-day quarantine upon their return

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman directed the foreign ministry on Sunday to arrange the return of citizens abroad to ensure their health and amid the coronavirus pandemic.
The foreign ministry said it has launched an electronic service to register those interested, it said on Sunday.
“Registration will start on Sunday and will take five days. Priority will be given to those in countries most hit by the coronavirus, pregnant women and elders,” it said in a statement released on Twitter.
Citizens will be subject to a 14-day quarantine upon their return, the ministry said.