Archaeologists discover 85,000 yr old villages in SharjahApril 23rd, 2009 - 2:24 pm ICT by ANI
Sharjah, April 23 (ANI): Archaeologists have discovered villages dating back to 85,000 years in Sharjah’s Jebel Fayah, which show that human settlements existed in the area during that time.
Excavation work was carried out as part of a joint programme between the Directorate of Antiquities at the Culture and Information Department in Sharjah and the Institute of Prehistoric Studies and Research at the German University of Tubengin.
The two-month excavation showed the existence of a deeper layer at the depth of four meters below the surface, which dates back to at least 100,000 years.
This coincides with the time when man left Africa and reached Australia around 50,000 years ago.
It had been assumed for hereditary reasons that man moved from East Africa to the south of the Arabian Peninsula and then to the northern coasts of the Indian ocean and South Asia.
During times when the sea level was low, people crossed to the islands now known as Indonesia, which proves that they had some knowledge of navigation that allowed them to sail to Australia.
It can be assumed that some of the ancestors of Australia’s first residents stayed in the rocky shelters on the foot of Jebel Fayah mountain.
The latest discoveries prove that the UAE has a long and rich history.
Considering the international significance of the new discoveries, the international science community put the site under the spotlight, with many scientists and specialists flocking the area to find out more about the archeological discoveries. (ANI)
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