Archaeology: ancient marine structure discovered in Aqaba – English Service

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(ANSAmed) – AMMAN, FEBRUARY 27 – Archeologists have uncovered
ancient marine port on the Red Sea city of Aqaba, dating back
more than 1000 years during the Islamic era that extended from
650-1116 AD, officials said today.
   
Officials in charge of the project said the site includes
additional features such as a furnace for the production of
pottery, and spaces for the maintenance and manufacture of ships
and sails among other facilities.
   
Work is under way to identify the extent of the activity of
the port of Ayla, which links the commercial road from the
Levant, Hijaz, Egypt and the Maghreb with the maritime
navigational route that reaches India, east and south Asia and
Africa,” said Ehab Eid, JREDS’ executive director.
   
The finding is expected to further boost the reputation of
Aqaba as a centre trade station in the region and could spark an
added interest from tourists, said officials from Aqaba Special
Economic Zone Authorities.
The Royal Marine Conservation Society of Jordan (JREDS) took
charge of the project in association with USAID-funded project
“Sustainable Cultural Heritage Through Engagement of Local
Communities”, and in cooperation with the Department of
Antiquities. Jordan hopes to turn Aqaba into a regional tourism
and trade centre, attracting billions of dollars of investment
in infrastructure projects to build a vibrant city on shores of
the Red Sea. (ANSAmed).
   

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