24 June, 12:00

Archaeologists from the UAE have found the ruins of an ancient lost city

Archaeologists from the UAE have found the ruins of an ancient lost city
The Department of Tourism and Archeology of Umm Al Quwain, UAE, along with local and international partners, believe they have found the ruins of an ancient lost city. The heyday of this settlement, in their opinion, came in the IV-VI centuries.

Large-scale excavations were carried out on the island of Al-Sinnia. And new finds indicate that there was a settlement in this area, which was founded in the 4th century and reached its peak between the 5th and 6th centuries. Archaeologists discovered houses for several families, with an area of ​​about 30 square meters each, densely located along narrow paths.
The finds also show that the inhabitants were connected to extensive trade networks that passed through Iraq, Persia and India. Jars with inscriptions in ancient Aramaic were found this year, indicating a sophisticated level of trade.

According to researchers from the Department of Tourism, this could be the lost city of Tuam mentioned in ancient Arabic texts.
"This year, excavations focused on the southern part of the city. We explored several premises in the residential quarters of the city of pearls, as well as the monastery area. This helped us better understand the layout of the buildings and document the archaeological structures,” said Rania Hussain Khannuma, Acting Director of the Department of Archeology and Tourism.

The city of Tuam, located on the coast of the Persian Gulf, was once a famous center for pearl fishing and the trade in precious stones. However, it disappeared over time, and according to archaeologists, the plague epidemic and regional conflicts played not the least role here.

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