Hafeet Tombs

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Tucked away from the hustle and bustle of the city of Al Ain in United Arab Emirates (UAE), at the foothills of Jebel Hafeet, is an interesting place which tells us a story of humans who lived in this part of the world.

Not too famous with tourists or locals, this site is one of the many archaeologically important places in the UAE, telling the story of humans living here some 5000 years ago.

Photo of Al Ain - United Arab Emirates by Shijo Skaria Jose

Along the foothills of the Jebel Hafeet (jebel=hill) and the northern escarpments, there are hundreds of above-ground tombs built some 5000 years ago.

Photo of Hafeet Tombs by Shijo Skaria Jose
Photo of Hafeet Tombs by Shijo Skaria Jose
Photo of Hafeet Tombs by Shijo Skaria Jose

Some of these tombs were originally beehive in shape but today they look like stone heaps. Each tomb comprise of a number of ring walls- surrounding a single chamber, accessed by a narrow entrance.

Photo of Hafeet Tombs by Shijo Skaria Jose
Photo of Hafeet Tombs by Shijo Skaria Jose

Excavations in some of the tombs revealed objects indicating contact with other civilizations in Mesopotamia.

They were apparently family tombs, and the dead were buried with their personal belongings like pottery, copper pins and strings of stone beads. No weapons have been found in these old graves.

Photo of Hafeet Tombs by Shijo Skaria Jose
Photo of Hafeet Tombs by Shijo Skaria Jose
Photo of Hafeet Tombs by Shijo Skaria Jose

(Info obtained from Al Ain Museum and on site)

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