A rare pottery jug that dates back to the pre-Islamic era was found recently in the Al Ahsa municipality. This was the first time that a relic of such historic importance was located in the Al Ahsa municipality.
Chance alone had led citizen Omar Ba Obaid to find this relic, while he was digging the foundation of his house in the village of Al Taraf, east of Al Ahsa. He found it stuck to the base of the wall. He said that, he then contacted his relative, who in turn notified the Antiquities Office.
Omar Ba Obaid commented that his action was based on his love and sense of responsibility towards his homeland, and his belief that this relic should be saved in its right place – the museum, in order to be seen by all people.
Mr. Ali Al Haji, Executive Director of the Saudi Commission for Tourism and Antiquities (SCTA) Branch in the Al Ahsa Municipality, remarked, “Handing over of this relic by the citizen is one of the fruits of the campaign of SCTA on the ‘Recovery of the National Antiquities,’ which was launched by His Royal Highness Prince Sultan bin Salman bin Abdul Aziz, President of SCTA, a few months ago.”
He added that this reflects the growing awareness in the community about the importance of the restoration of antiquities to its rightful place.
Stressing the importance of the recovery of antiquities as a national project, Al Haji said that the antiquities form the memory of the nation, besides it aims to highlight the history and culture of this great country also sheds light on its role in the course of the entire human civilization.