Remains of ancient castle found

The Saudi Commission for Tourism and Antiquities (SCTA) unearthed recently an ancient castle dating to the first century of Hijra (7th-8th centuries) in the Madinah province.

SCTA’s archaeological excavation division came across the remnants of the ancient castle in the Wadi Al-Aqiq area.
There are also clay and steatite potteries and glass artifacts besides stone implements at the site.

“Preliminary studies based on the architectural style and the artifacts found at the site indicated that the palace belonged to the Umayyad period (660-750),” chief of the excavation team Khaled Eskoubi said.

Eskoubi stressed the importance of excavations in the Wadi Al-Aqeeq because the 80-km long valley was densely populated in ancient times.

Ancient records also show that castles in that place belonged to prominent figures in the early Islamic history such as Saeed bin Al-Aas, Marwan bin Hakam, Saad bin Abi Waqqas and Sakinah bint Hussain. The fertile land in the wadi was also good for farming and had a number of gardens.

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