Images: Ancient Christian Monastery Discovered in Umm Al Qaiwain

  • Publish date: Saturday، 05 November 2022
Images: Ancient Christian Monastery Discovered  in Umm Al Qaiwain
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 (WAM) Archaeologists have discovered an ancient Christian monastery at Al Siniya Island in the emirate of Umm Al Qaiwain.

The Umm Al Quwain Tourism and Archaeology Department said on Thursday that the complex included a church, refectory, cisterns, and cells for the monks.

Sheikh Majid said that the historical environment of Al Siniya Island includes a number of the most important archaeological and tourist sites in Umm Al Quwain.

These provide a living record of the various religious and multicultural societies that have settled on the island over the past centuries, he added.

Minister of Culture Noura Al Kaabi said that this archaeological discovery is of great historical and heritage value to the UAE.

The find was made under the aegis of the Siniya Archaeology Project, a collaboration between the UAQ department of tourism and archaeology; the Institute for the Study of the Ancient World at New York University in New York; the UAE University and the Italian Archaeological Mission in UAQ to study the area.

Images: Ancient Christian Monastery Discovered  in Umm Al Qaiwain

Radiocarbon dating and assessment of pottery excavated at the site suggests the community flourished there between the late sixth to mid-eighth centuries, which means it could have witnessed the birth of the Islamic era.