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H.H. Dr. Sheikh Sultan bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Sharjah, inaugurated, on Wednesday, the new Sharjah Archaeology Authority, headquarters located at Al Abar in the Emirate of Sharjah.
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Titled '40 Years of Emirati – French Archaeological Cooperation', the exhibition features more than 100 priceless objects excavated by the French Archaeological Mission to the UAE since it began its work in 1977.
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The vast collection of objects, including intricately-decorated pottery, jewelry, incense burners, and weaponry, is hugely significant in shedding light on the UAE’s role as a cradle of civilisation and centre of trade routes over some 7,500 years.
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Bronze Age objects featured in the exhibition include items of pottery created locally and elsewhere in the region, revealing the UAE’s importance as a centre of trade.
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Sharjah Archaeology Museum in partnership with Institut Francais in the UAE, and support of UNESCO today opened an exhibition that celebrates a 40-year partnership with French archaeologists to unearth the hidden secrets of the UAE’s past.
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Over this period, teams led by the French Archaeological Mission have worked in Sharjah, Abu Dhabi, Fujairah, Ras Al Khaimah and Umm al Quwain on the most significant excavations carried out in the country.
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The exhibition was attended by Manal Ataya, Director-General of Sharjah Museums Authority along with officials from the French Embassy and a number of guests.
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Running until to 31st January 2018, the exhibition celebrates a historic partnership that has linked the UAE and France for 40 years.