The Saudi Heritage Authority, under the Ministry of Culture, announced a significant archaeological finds in Sakaka. Excavations in Al-Jowf province, uncovered architectural relics from 300 BCE to 100 CE. These include remains of a probable watchtower.
First Stage’s Findings
The Authority, through tweets, shared the first stage ‘s excavation results at Al-Tuwair. The archaeological finds in Sakaka include architectural elements and water resources dating back 2300 to 1900 years.
The water resources supported residential and agricultural activities. They also found a watchtower that was probably used to protect a settlement or religious places.
Moreover, artifacts include a camel figurine (unfinished pottery), pottery from 2300 years ago, and bronze coins. Therefore, these items suggest diverse historical activities.
Sakākā, an oasis located in northwestern Saudi Arabia, sits along a historic trade route that connected the Mediterranean Sea coast to central and southern regions of the Arabian Peninsula.
Because it is in the north of the Al-Nafūd desert and northeast of the Al-Jawf oasis, Sakākā thrives in agriculture, thanks to government backing. Thus, its primary outputs include dates and dairy products.