Mleiha (Organization, Concept)

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Mleiha (en)


An ancient Eastern Arabian kingdom that existed at the modern city of Mleiha, in the United Arab Emirates. Archaeological remains indicate a fortified compound was founded here by 300 B.C. Macedonian-style coinage unearthed at Ed-Dur dates back to Alexander the Great. Hundreds of coins were found both there and at Mleiha featuring a head of Heracles and a seated Zeus on the obverse, and bearing the name of Abi'el in Aramaic. These coins match moulds found at Mleiha which, together with finds of slag at the site, suggests the existence of a metallurgical centre.

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