Graves dating back to 2000BC have been unearthed during the construction of the Shaikh Mohammad Bin Zayed Road project in Ras Al Khaimah, Gulf News has learnt.
The Sieh Al Herf site, next to Al Salhiya Road, just off Shaikh Mohammad Bin Zayed Road in Ras Al Khaimah, was discovered in October. It contains graves, ancient tombs and archaeological artefacts.
The Shaikh Mohammad Bin Zayed project passes by about ten features of the archaeological site, including two graves. The first is an 18m-long horseshoe shape, and the second is W-shaped. Other tombs are still under investigation.
The Ministry of Public Works has halted the road-building until further orders following a request from Ras Al Khaimah’s Al Shohooh National Heritage Association. An official told Gulf News that Federal National Council (FNC) will send a team to investigate the matter for further course of action.
Shaikh Mohammad Bin Zayed Road, earlier known as Emirates Road, is one of the strategic routes in the UAE’s land transport and road network.
“Sieh Al Herf contains several graves and tombs that demonstrate the history of the Arabian Peninsula and date back to the year 2000BC. So far only three such historical graves have been found in the UAE, two in Ras Al Khaimah and another one in Fujairah,” said Hamad Bin Seray, associate professor in the department of history and archaeology at UAE University.