“The direction of all tombs is north-east, except one is north-west, and all of them were built beside the houses because they believed that life and life after death are one and indivisible,” she says.
Two stone eagles were also found near a previously discovered temple that is believed to have been used to worship the sun.
“Maybe they were used to decorate the entrance of the temple,” Ms Al Ghafli says.
The newest excavations also uncovered pearls, iron and bronze arrowheads, pottery and glassware.
“Discovering pearls in the site means that it was a port and close to the sea,” she says.
“We also uncovered swords, ovens for baking, different types of beads and currencies of Alexander the Great.”The antiquities are being restored and will be put on display at the Umm Al Quwain Museum.
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This month at the Ed-Dur Site, one of the largest archaeological sites in the UAE, teams of archaeologists found about 500 tombs that date from around AD 100 near the ruins of stone houses.Alia Al Ghafli, head of the antiquities and heritage department in UAQ, says the graves – which were made of stones from the sea and were rectangular in shape – revealed much about the lives of the inhabitants of the region in those times.