Two Neolithic sites dating back to 6500 BCE discovered in Abu Dhabi
United Arab Emirates – Two Neolithic sites dating back to 6500 BCE (Before the Common Era) have been discovered in Abu Dhabi – one comprising a group of stone pieces and the other with stone features.
The findings were presented in four research papers detailing the archaeological activities and finds made by the Abu Dhabi Department of Culture and Tourism (DCT Abu Dhabi).
Finds from both sites include arrowheads, fragments of plaster vessels and other stone tools on the island of Ghagha, located in the far west of the emirate of Abu Dhabi. Radiocarbon dating of the sites indicates that the island was occupied by 6500 BCE, far earlier than any other known domestic architecture in the region.
The second article: New Insights into the Neolithic Fertile Coast: Recent Excavations on the Island of Ghagha and the Emergence of Domestic Architecture in Ancient Arabia, detailed the results of surveys and excavations undertaken by DCT Abu Dhabi on the ‘island.
Fieldwork conducted in recent years around Al Ain, Jebel Hafeet and on the edge of the Al-Jaww plain has resulted in the discovery of several Paleolithic surface sites and find sites dating back more than 300,000 year.
The third article: The Paleolithic Records of Abu Dhabi details the work and finds, from the range of artefacts collected from these sites to the geo-archaeological approaches used to identify raw material sources and shed light on site formation processes.
The Fourth Article: Oman’s Border Fence Project 2021 – A Journey Through the Hydraulic, Agricultural and Burial Landscapes of Al Ain covered archaeological monitoring and excavations carried out by DCT Abu Dhabi’s Department of Historic Environment along an 11.5 km stretch of the UAE-Oman border.
Other significant finds included a large collective stone tomb in a vast Iron Age cemetery, high-status tombs from the Late Pre-Islamic Period (PIR) and over 50 ancient aflaj (underground water channels) from various dates and techniques of construction.
The archaeological research papers were recently presented at the 55th Seminar for Arabic Studies, organized by the International Association for the Study of Arabia, at Humboldt University in Berlin.
The seminar is the only annual international forum for the presentation of the latest academic research on the cultural and natural heritage of the Arabian Peninsula.
Copyright © 2022 Khaleej Times. All rights reserved. Provided by SyndiGate Media Inc. (Syndigate.info).