Emirates archaeology

7 Jan 2011

At www.pasthorizons.com/index.php/archives/01/2011/the-towers-of-ras-al-khaimeh/ ... Ras al Khaimeh is one of the seven Emirates and has a long history of occupation. The archaeology in this piece is basically a survey of fortifications - and some of them appear to go back to the 3rd millennium BC. Enormous stone and mud brick round towers have been found and a succession of fortified places from ancient to modern. The need of such towers was due to the danger presented by desert and mountain tribes of the hinterland - as well as inter-Emirate warfare.