Graves dating back to 2000BC mark an impressive archaeological heritage and rich cultural history unearthed during the construction of the Shaikh Mohammad Bin Zayed Road project in Ras Al Khaimah, Gulf News has learnt.
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.
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 2012. It contains graves, ancient tombs and archaeological artefacts.
The Shaikh Mohammad Bin Zayed Road project passes by approximately ten features of the archeological site, including two graves. The first is an 18m-long horseshoe shape, and the second in W-shaped. Other tombs are still under investigation.
Since then, the Ministry of Public Works has halted the road-building until further order following a request from Ras Al Khaimah’s Al Shohooh National Heritage Association.