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Saudi group destroys 3,000 year old ancient burial ground

One local historian slammed the group for the vandalism

Source : World Bulletin / 12 Mar 2014 

Saudi Arabia's religious authorities have angered both locals and archeologists alike after they removed gravestones from a 3,000-year-old burial site in the city of al-Baha.

According to a report in the Al-Hayat newspaper on Monday, the Zinat graveyard was levelled by the Commission of the Promotion of Virtue and the Prevention of Vice.

Although in Islam it is discouraged to build tombs around graves, the ancient site was seen as an integral part of cultural heritage by many of the locals.

The gravestones had inscriptions in ancient Arabic, which shows that the ancient inhabitants of the region were literate.

While most graves hold clues to suggest that they were sun-worshippers, the fact that some were turned to face Al-Quds (Jerusalem) could be an indication of monotheism.

One local historian slammed the group for the vandalism, noting that some of the companions of the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) lived in the area yet did not remove the stones.

 

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