An ancient castle that dates back to the first century Hijra was
discovered in Al-Aqeeq valley in Madinah.
Historical ruins of the castle were unearthed in excavations
carried out by a team of archeologists from the Supreme Commission
for Tourism and Antiquities, said Dr. Khaled Bin Muhammad Askoubi,
head of the team.
The discoveries also included a variety of
pottery, glasses, tools made of stone, and steatite utensils, the
Saudi Press Agency reported Sunday.
Askoubi said that the Antiquities and Museums Department of SCTA
carried out excavations over two seasons continuously in the
valley near the ancient castle named after Urwah Bin Al-Zubair,
grandson of the first Caliph Abubakr.
He said the remains of the Umayyad
era castle included foundations of eight rooms on an area
spreading over 40x30 sq. meters, and the walls were made of