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Findings on Aqaba’s old underwater city to be unveiled

21 Feb 2018

Findings of Jordan’s first underwater archaeological expedition searching for traces of the early Islamic city of Ayla will be made public next week, a marine conservationist said on Wednesday.

In a conference to be held in Aqaba, the Royal Marine Conservation Society of Jordan (JREDS) and its project partners will announce the expedition’s findings which “are pretty interesting and will set the ground for new prospects for the Gulf of Aqaba’s heritage, nature, environment and culture”, said the society’s executive director, Ihab Eid.

 “The project aimed at finding linkages with the historical heritage values of Aqaba’s Islamic city of Ayla,” he highlighted, noting that the excavation started in the summer of last year with hopes to unearth the sunken ruins of the early Islamic city of Ayla.

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