New Abu Dhabi Archaeological Discoveries Reveal 8,500 Yr Outdated Buildings

Constructing constructions unearthed off the coast of UAE capital by the Division of Tradition and Tourism – Abu Dhabi push again date of such stays within the UAE and area by 500 years

New proof from Ghagha Island signifies that the islands of Abu Dhabi have been a focus for human innovation and settlement in the course of the Neolithic interval

ABU DHABI, UAE, Feb. 17, 2022 /CNW/ — Archaeologists from the Division of Tradition and Tourism – Abu Dhabi (DCT Abu Dhabi) have unearthed proof of the earliest identified buildings within the UAE and the broader area courting again greater than 8,500 years — a minimum of 500 years sooner than beforehand thought.

The invention on the island of Ghagha, west of Abu Dhabi metropolis, revealed stone constructions providing additional compelling historical past of the UAE.

The DCT Abu Dhabi archaeologists have been conducting scientific evaluation of the artefacts because the constructions and accompanying objects have been unearthed. Essentially the most extraordinary discovery was revealed by carbon-14 evaluation of charcoal fragments, which signifies the constructions are a minimum of 8,500 years outdated – breaking the earlier file for the earliest identified constructions constructed within the UAE, which have been found on Marawah Island.

It was beforehand thought that long-distance maritime commerce routes, which developed in the course of the Neolithic interval, have been the catalyst for settlements within the space, however the newest discoveries show that Neolithic settlements existed previous to the onset of commerce, which implies it was native financial and environmental circumstances that led to the primary settled life in what’s now the United Arab Emirates. Reasonably than being arid and inhospitable, the islands have been in a way a ‘Fertile Coast’. This proof recasts Abu Dhabi’s islands throughout the cultural historical past of the broader area.

HE Mohamed Al Mubarak, Chairman of DCT Abu Dhabi, stated: “These archaeological finds have proven that individuals have been settling and constructing houses right here 8,500 years in the past. The discoveries on Ghagha island spotlight that the traits of innovation, sustainability and resilience have been a part of the DNA of the inhabitants of this area for hundreds of years. The finds reinforce an appreciation of historical past, in addition to the deep cultural connections between the individuals of the UAE and the ocean. We’re additionally reminded that there’s nonetheless a lot to find throughout the Emirate of Abu Dhabi, and that it’s vitally vital we proceed working to find, protect and shield our invaluable heritage for present and future generations to be taught extra about our ancestral previous.” 

Till the excavations of Ghagha, the earliest identified constructions within the United Arab Emirates have been discovered on the island of Marawah, additionally off the coast of Abu Dhabi. Taken with the proof from Marawah, the brand new proof from Ghagha signifies that the islands of Abu Dhabi have been a focus for human innovation and settlement in the course of the Neolithic interval – a time of elementary change all through a lot of the world.

The constructions which were uncovered are easy spherical rooms, the partitions of that are created from stone and preserved to just about one metre in top. The rooms have been probably homes for a small neighborhood who could have lived on the island year-round. Tons of of artefacts have been discovered within the rooms, together with finely labored stone arrowheads that will have been used for searching. It’s probably that the neighborhood would even have used the wealthy assets of the ocean. How lengthy the settlement existed is unknown, however after it was deserted, it apparently remained an vital a part of the cultural panorama, as practically 5,000 years in the past an individual was buried within the ruins of the constructions. It is likely one of the few burials from this era identified on the Abu Dhabi islands.

The discoveries on Ghagha Island come as a part of DCT Abu Dhabi’s emirate-wide archaeological programme, in step with the organisation’s mandate to protect, shield and promote the traditional historical past and cultural heritage of Abu Dhabi. The emirate incorporates a few of the most prized and distinctive cultural and historic sights and finds within the area and internationally. Along with the discoveries on Ghagha and Marawah islands, these embrace the stays of an historic monastery on Sir Bani Yas island, in addition to the UNESCO-inscribed Cultural Website of Al Ain, comprising a sequence of oases, historic monuments, archaeological websites and pure areas, which has featured on the UNESCO World Heritage Websites Listing since 2011.

Abu Dhabi’s archaeological treasures additionally embrace Miocene Trackways (footprints of a herd of an extinct type of historic elephant) which date to 6-8 million years in the past; a 3,000 yr outdated falaj in Al Ain (which signifies the earliest identified widespread use of this irrigation know-how on the earth); stone instruments courting to over 300,000 years in the past, which have been present in surveys round Jebel Hafit (indicating that the UAE was an vital pathway for the dispersal of people throughout the globe); and a properly preserved Iron Age fortress courting to three,000 years in the past, which was found throughout excavations at Al Ain’s Hili 14 archaeological web site. A sequence of late pre-Islamic tombs have additionally been present in numerous areas in Al Ain.

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SOURCE Division of Tradition and Tourism – Abu Dhabi

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