Saudi heritage department discovers Stone Age sites in Tabuk

TABUK: Saudi international missions operating in the Tabuk region under the supervision of the Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage (SCTH) have discovered a large number of tools, engravings and architectural units in three sites in the region.

These discoveries date back to different civilizations beginning from the Stone Age until the Islamic Era.

The specialized teams said that these sites need further study and excavation. Tabuk region was a conduit for ancient trade routes.

There are rock and animal drawings at Kilwa site, northeast of Tabuk. The Kilwa site is located inside the Al-Tabik Reserve. The joint Saudi-French team found ancient artifacts and a large number of rock-and-animal drawings which date back to the Stone Age.

The Kilwa historical site and the surrounding area are important archaeological sites because these sites contain distinguished archaeological units.

Thus, many stages of civilization can be distinguished from prehistoric times to historical periods and pre-Islamic periods in addition to the Islamic period.

The stone drawings in the region of Kilwa are among the most ancient places in the Arabian Peninsula and could date back to 7,000 BC to 9,000 BC.

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