Al-Jahwa: Saudi city that stands tall after 40 centuries

Thursday, 19 October 2017

The ancient city of al-Jahwa is located on the south of Wadi al-Namas and was known to have been inhabited by the Bani Bakr tribe. The city has been profiled by the prolific author al-Hamadani in his book “The features of the Arabian Peninsula”. It the book, al-Hamadani says Jahwa is larger than the city of Jarash and was the base of a small Sultanate until 320 AH. The remnants of its ancient bases and its huge wall, which was built with large stones, still stand today. Jahwa’s ...

Amr Moussa’s remarks on Abdel Nasser in new memoir sparks Nasserists’ anger

Saturday, 16 September 2017

Former Secretary General of the Arab League Amr Moussa had criticized former Egyptian President Gamal Abdel Nasser in his recently published memoirs sparking Nasserists’ anger. Moussa narrated his political journey in Egypt and included some details about Abdel Nasser. According to Moussa, Abdel Nasser used to import special food from Switzerland as he was following a diet to decrease his weight. Moussa said that when he worked in the Egyptian Embassy in Switzerland, he was in charge of ...

New archaeological discovery of churches and monasteries in Egypt

Friday, 18 August 2017

The Egyptian archaeological mission of the Ministry of Antiquities unearthed ruins of a residential area, churches and monasteries dating back to the Coptic era 1,500 years ago. Ayman Ashmawi, head of the Egyptian Antiquities Department at the ministry said that the new discovery was found near the Coptic cemetery in Bahnasa city in Minya governorate. Gamal al-Samtawi, director of the Antiquities of Central Egypt, said that the tombs date to the fifth century AD and contain a group of burial ...

Ancient Egyptian pharaoh might have been world’s ‘first known giant’

Sunday, 6 August 2017

The reported remains of ancient Egyptian pharaoh, Sanakht, were recently examined a study conducted says he might have been the world’s first known giant. A study co-authored Michael Habicht, an Egyptologist at the University of Zurich's Institute of Evolutionary Medicine, estimates that Sanakht would have stood at 6 feet, 1.6 inches tall. The tallest ancient Egyptian pharaoh recorded, who lived more than 1,000 years after Sanakht, was only believed to have stood at 5 feet, 9 inches (1.75 ...

Al-Diriyah: A gate to Saudi Arabia’s history

Saturday, 22 July 2017

The design of Al-Diriyah Gate will be inspired by local motifs in integration with the distinctive surrounding and urban heritage, according to sources. A Royal Order on Thursday approved the establishment of Al-Diriyah Gate Renovation Commission. The gate opens up the history of Saudi Arabia and its cultural dimension. It has a unique location overlooking the banks of Wadi Hanifa and is an extension of Al-Bijeiri District from the east. It will have a number of historical, educational and ...

Photos of Al-Ula: The largest archaeological city in Saudi Arabia

Friday, 21 July 2017

Saudis and the international archaeologists are interested in the historical “Mada’in Saleh” with its huge rocky structures and ancient engravings. The carved mountain rocks are the most important characteristic of Al-Ula which go back to thousands of years. UNESCO recorded the monoliths in the World Heritage List as the first Saudi site to be registered. Al-Ula is under the authority Saudi province of Medina located in the north-west of Saudi Arabia along the historic trade ...

IN PICTURES: Tower of human skulls casts new light on Aztecs

Sunday, 2 July 2017

A tower of human skulls unearthed beneath the heart of Mexico City has raised new questions about the culture of sacrifice in the Aztec Empire after crania of women and children surfaced among the hundreds embedded in the forbidding structure.Archaeologists have found more than 650 skulls caked in lime and thousands of fragments in the cylindrical edifice near the site of the Templo Mayor, one of the main temples in the Aztec capital Tenochtitlan, which later became Mexico City.The tower is ...

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