Historical ruins of an ancient castle has been discovered in Al-Ateeq valley in Madinah. The remains date back to the first century Hijra (7th Century in the Gregorian calendar).
The Saudi Press Agency reported on Sunday that a team of archeologists from the Supreme Commission for Tourism and Antiquities led by Dr. Khaled Bin Muhammad Askoubi, carried out the excavations . A variety of pottery, glasses, tools made of stone and steatite utensils have also been also discovered.
The palace is believed to have been built during Umayyad regime, known as the second of the four major Islamic caliphates that came after the death of Prophet Muhammad. He said the remains of the Umayyad era castle included foundations of eight rooms on an area spreading over 40×30 sq. meters, and the walls were made of volcanic stones. Dr.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 – SPA