Archeological discoveries in Marib [Archives:2006/915/Local News]

January 26 2006

SANA'A, Jan. 25 – The German mission disclosed in a press conference that it has discovered another dam under the old Marib Dam.

Mission researchers confirmed that the newly discovered dam dates to 456 B.C. Irrigation canals in the dam indicate it was an important water source for ancient Marib city.

The mission also discovered many archeological scripts at the dam site reflecting the distinct irrigation system followed by ancient Yemeni kingdoms. The scripts depict the kingdoms' agricultural systems and products, which provided agricultural self-sufficiency for Yemen and other places.

The mission said eastern streams, now known as Awdiat Al-Sharq, used to flow into the dam, which seemed to have been destroyed several times due to precipitates in its bed.