Archaeologists unearth ancient temple in Yemen

March 18th, 2008 - 7:34 pm ICT by admin  

Sanaa, March 18 (DPA) A team of archaeologists has discovered an ancient temple dating back to seventh century B.C., the German Archaeological Institute (DAI) said Tuesday. The discovery was made during excavation works in the ancient Sabaean town of Sirwah, at the central province of Marib, the DAI said in a statement.

Sirwah formed the most important centre of the Sabaean kingdom next to the ancient metropolis of Marib during the first millennium B.C.

The large town was surrounded by a fortification wall, and included many monumental buildings, of which the most prominent is the al-Maqah Temple, a sanctuary that dates back to the seventh century B.C., and is currently undergoing restoration.

During the restoration work at the al-Maqah Temple, the DAI team discovered “another unique and well preserved Sabaean temple as part of the ancient town,” said the statement.

The sacred building has an entrance decorated with pillars and different rooms inside.

The ground plan and the construction features of the temple are singular in Yemen; tower-like projections divide the exterior fa

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