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Saudi: New discoveries at Farasan date back to 2nd, 3rd centuries

Saudi Arabia’s Heritage Commission on Thursday announced new discoveries at archaeological sites at Farasan Islands located around 40 kilometers away from Jazan city.

Excavation works by a joint Saudi-French team in cooperation with the University of Paris 1 resulted in discovering several architectural phenomena and artefacts dating back to the 2nd and 3rd centuries. The excavations were part of the commission’s scientific efforts in the field of survey and excavations of heritage sites in Saudi Arabia and preserving them as a cultural and economic resource.

The works of the scientific team unveiled rare pieces, including a Roman folded armour made of copper ingots and another kind of armour known as “Lorica squamata”, which is the most frequently used during the Roman era between the 1st and 3rd centuries AD. In addition, the team discovered an inscription of garnet for “Genos”, a famous Roman figure in the Eastern Roman Empire, as well as the head of a small stone statue.

The exploration works at Farasan Island locations contributed to several archaeological discoveries and unveiled significant sites.


Saudi Gazette
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