Shimal Archaeology

Shimal Archaeology

Shimal, located a few kilometers east of the city, has some of the most spectacular archaeology in the country, and the Gulf. The Shimal tombs include a variety of designs from long cylindrical single chamber tombs to U-shaped collective tombs to variations on the Umm an Nar style.

Archaeological work by Christian Velde, resident archaeologist of Ras al Khaimah, indicates a massive defensive wall, complete with towers, may have existed cutting across the gravel plain from Shimal to Falayah.

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One of circular watchtowers of Shimal
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No doorway at ground level; access to the tower is via a rope thrown down from the opening
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XXX pottery is abundant at the tower site, along with several varieties of shell fish
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Another view of the tower which is visible from the main highway
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Pottery in situ
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Some of the shells that litter the site
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A flat piece of pottery that may have been a plate
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A view from the tower; an Umm an Nar tomb is located at the bend in the road
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This tomb was discovered during construction of the new road
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The dressed stones that once decorated the exterior of the tomb
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Another view of dressed stone
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Shells are also plentiful at the tomb site
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The tomb is a classic multi-chambered design
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A view of the tomb chambers
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Goat skull near an Iron Age settlement
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Another view of the goat skull
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Amid the Shimal tombs this ancient settlement site
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Brien inspecting some of the houses
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Fossils in the rock at the settlement site
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Another view of fossils
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A classic U-shaped Shimal tomb
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The leaning stones of this tomb are still in place
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Detail of some of the stonework; the tomb was likely dome-shaped
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Stump of a tree; firewood is valuable
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This tomb features two chambers, one an oval around a central linear chamber

 


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