Saudi-French Team Uncovers Stone Age Sites in Tabuk

In Saudi Arabia’s northwestern Tabuk region, Saudi and French international missions operating under the Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage (SCTH) recently discovered tools, engravings and architectural units in three sites dating as far back as the Stone Age.

Among the findings, the joint Saudi-French team uncovered rock and animal drawings at the Kilwa site, northeast of Tabuk. The stone drawings in Kilwa are among the most ancient in the Arabian Peninsula and could date back as far as 7,000 to 9,000 BC.

The Tabuk region once served as a conduit for ancient trade routes, which archaeologists now consider important sites. These grounds have proven to hold ancient treasures; one can assume they remain rich with history waiting to be unearthed.

SCTH has more than 30 missions and scientific teams specialized in research and archeological exploration. These teams include Saudi scientists and others from the world’s top universities and research centers in France, Italy, the United States, Britain, Germany, Japan, Belgium, Poland, Finland, the Netherlands and Austria, among others.

Due to the recent success, the Kingdom will hold the first ever forum on archaeology in Riyadh under the auspices of King Salman.

Read more at Arab News.