Al Sufouh Archaeological Site

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Al Sufouh Archaeological Site at Al Sufouh in Dubai is owned and managed by Dubai Culture & Arts Authority, and consists of extensive but discontinuous scattered areas of ancient occupation distinguished by heavy concentration of burnt ash, shell, pottery and bones on the surface.

The archaeological excavation conducted at the site between 1994 and 1995, revealed of an Umm Al-Nar type circular tomb dating between 2500 and 2000 B.C. The tomb is circular, 6.5 m in diameter and constructed of unworked stone blocks faced with a single outer ring wall of well-masoned ashlars. Entry to the tomb was via two doorways through opposite point of the ring wall on a NE/SW alignment. Double access was necessary as the internal NW/SE dividing wall allowed for no communication between the two halves of the tomb. Each was divided into three chambers. The closest structure comparisons to Al-Sufouh are to be found at Hili in the Al-Ain oasis, and at Umm Al-Nar Island. Individual interments were found in flexed position with various grave goods, including ceramic vessels of Umm Al-Nar type, bronze weaponry, and large quantities of beads.

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