Saudi Mecca clock
This picture taken on May 24, 2020 during the early hours of Eid Al Fitr shows an aerial view of Saudi Arabia's holy city of Mecca, with the Abraj Al Bait Mecca Royal Clock Tower overlooking the Grand Mosque and Kaaba in the centre. Saudi Arabia began a five-day, round-the-clock curfew from May 23. Image Credit: AFP

Abu Dhabi

Saudi Arabia has unearthed 24 engraved artifacts at a Mecca car park dig, Saudi media reported.

The Secretariat of Saudi Arabia’s holy capital revealed the delivery of 24 artifacts to the Ministry of Tourism, which were found, while the smart car parking project contractor was digging next to the Ma’lla Cemetery in Mecca.

The spokesperson for the Secretariat of the Holy Capital, Engineer Raed bin Abdullah Samarqandi, explained that the antiquities found included engraved inscriptions on archaeological tombstones written in Arabic calligraphy, one of which dates back to the year 655 AH or 1257 AD.