Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Abu Dhabi Islands Archaeological Survey (ADIAS)

Abu Dhabi Islands Archaeological Survey (ADIAS) has information on a group that surveys and records the excavation of archaeological sites on the coast and islands of Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates. One of the features pages is ADIAS Guide to Archaeology in Abu Dhabiand the United Arab Emirates. It has a map and links to articles on thirty different UAE sites.

Other information on the site includes a Gallery, Meet the Team, Newsletter, Press, Publications, Radiocarbon archive, Timeline, and Web Links.

From the site:

The Abu Dhabi Islands Archaeological Survey (ADIAS) was established in 1992 on the instruction of the late President His Highness Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, under the patronage of His Highness General Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, now Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces and Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi. ADIAS was charged with surveying for, recording and, where appropriate, excavating archaeological sites on the coast and islands of Abu Dhabi. In the years that have followed, ADIAS has identified over a thousand sites or groups of sites on the coast and islands of Abu Dhabi, as well as deep in the deserts of the interior. Among the sites are several of international importance, including the oldest-known settlement in the Emirates, on Marawah island,and major sites in the south-eastern deserts of Abu Dhabi, near Umm az-Zamul, these all being of Late Stone Age date, and the only pre-Islamic Christian monastery yet identified in south-eastern Arabia, on the island of Sir Bani Yas. ADIAS teams have also identified numerous sites of palaeontological importance, with vertebrate fossils from the Late Miocene period, around 6-8 million years ago.

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