Sharjah Ruler reviews latest archaeological discoveries at SAA
September 21, 2021 / 5:41 PM
Sharjah24: His Highness Sheikh Dr. Sultan bin Mohamed Al Qasimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Sharjah, was briefed on Tuesday morning at the Sharjah Archaeology Authority (SAA) on the latest important archaeological discoveries in the central region of the Emirate of Sharjah, dating back to the first Abbasid Caliphate (123-218 AH/750-833AD).
His Highness listened to a detailed explanation from His Excellency Dr. Sabah Aboud Jasim, Director General of the Sharjah Archaeology Authority (SAA); about the components of the new discoveries, which were discovered during surveys and excavations in the central region of the Emirate of Sharjah.
The new discoveries are evidence of the early Abbasid presence in the region, where a white glazed pottery jar with some green spots was found. Inside it was a treasure of Abbasid dirhams, dating back to the tenth century AD.
The discovered belongs to the first Abbasid era (123-218 AH / 750-833 AD), which represents five of the Caliphs of this era: Caliph Abu Ja'far Al-Mansur, Caliph Muhammad Al-Mahdi, Caliph Harun Al-Rashid, Caliph Muhammad Al-Amin, and Caliph Abu Jaafar Abdullah Al-Ma'mun.
The time frame of the collection, according to the date of its minting, belongs back to between the second half of the eighth century AD and the early ninth century AD. The discovered coins represent a large geographical framework according to the role of its minting, being extending from Africa in the west to the Transoxiana region in the east
The discovered coins are dirhams from the eras of the Caliph Abu Ja'far Al-Mansur, Muhammad Al-Mahdi, Harun Al-Rashid, Muhammad Al-Amin and Abdullah Al-Ma'mun, and dirhams of madam Zubaidah, as well as penny from the era of Caliph Al-Mahdi.
During his tour, His Highness the Ruler of Sharjah was briefed on the iron swords discovered in the archaeological site of Mleiha, dating back to the third - second century BC. The number of swords reached 32 swords, characterised by a variety of shapes.
His Highness was also briefed in the laboratory of the Sharjah Archaeology Authority on an iron key dating back to the Roman period, being one of the important archaeological contents of the Authority.