1300 year old palace found in Saudi Arabia

Archaeological excavations carried out by a team from Saudi Commission for Tourism and Antiquities (SCTA) have revealed a palace dating back to the 7th century AD in Al-Ateeq valley of Madinah region, an SPA report said on Sunday.

1300 year old palace found in Saudi Arabia
An archaeologist is seen at work at an excavation site at Al-Ateeq valley in Madinah province [Credit: SPA]
Dr. Khalid bin Mohammed, the head of the excavation team, said that the discoveries in the site included a variety of pottery, glass, stone tools and steatite utensils.

1300 year old palace found in Saudi Arabia
An excavation site at Al-Ateeq valley in Madinah province reveals ruins of what was once a castle built during the seventh century AD [Credit: SPA]
The palace is believed to have been built during Umayyad regime, known as the second of the four major Islamic caliphates that came after the death of Prophet Muhammad 

Source: Arab News [January 21, 2013]

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