Source: Arab News
Archaeologists Unearths 200,000-Year-Old Axe in Al-Ula, Marking Significant Discovery
BY: Michelle Liew
A team of archaeologists made a significant discovery in the southern city of Al-Ula, unearthing a hand axe that dates back 200,000 years, as reported by Arab News newspaper yesterday.
The excavation was led by Dr. Can and Gizem Aksoy, experts from TEOS Heritage, a heritage consulting company, who were researching ancient human life in the region of Qarah.
Qarah holds historical significance as one of the key residential areas in the Arabian Peninsula during the initial centuries of Islamic civilization, boasting numerous important archaeological sites.
The hand axe, measuring 51 centimetres in length, was crafted from soft basalt, with sharpened sides, and is believed to belong to the Palaeolithic Age, a period that concluded around 10,000 years ago.
This discovery adds to a collection of more than 12 similar stone tools found in the area. Ongoing research aims to delve deeper into understanding the methods of production and utilization of these ancient artifacts.
The Royal Commission for Al-Ula, responsible for deploying TEOS Heritage to the site, is overseeing 11 other archaeological projects in Al-Ula and Khaybar. This initiative is part of a broader plan to transform the region into a cultural heritage site, preserving and showcasing its rich historical legacy.