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Emirates archaeology

7 January 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.

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