The Saudi Arabian Heritage Commission announced the start of a new archaeological excavation at the site of Zubala on Monday. As part of the commission’s ongoing excavation efforts around the Kingdom. The place is in the Northern Border Region, south of Rafha Governorate.
Zubala appears in a number of historical texts. On the Kufic pilgrimage route known as the Zubayda Trail. Also it was a significant stop for trade caravans and pilgrims. Following Saudi Culture Minister Prince Badr bin Abdullah bin Farhan’s declaration. That the commission intends to protect the trail’s cultural legacy and begin the Zubayda Trail Program. Also the initiative will excavate one of the ancient archaeological trail’s sites. The initiative will conduct study and publish results related to the historical places. As well as initiate new projects to further the trail’s exploration.
Various marketplaces, a fortification to guard the city, and a mosque were mention in early Arab texts. As evidence of the station’s wealth during the Abbasid era.
The Zubala site has been the focus of archaeological investigations since 2015. When workers discovered a rectangular mosque as well as items such as ceramics, porcelain, soapstone. Also metal and glass precision instruments.
The finds reveal manufacturing and decorative processes, early artisan inventiveness. Also the commercial interaction between Zubala and the neighboring cities.
Using innovative methods, the present endeavor intends to finish the excavation of the site.
The project’s goals are to chronicle the site’s characteristics, conserve Saudi cultural heritage. Also to emphasize the Kingdom’s civilizational significance throughout history.
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