Artifacts unearthed in Abu Dhabi date back to Late Stone Age

June 9th, 2009 - 2:51 pm ICT by ANI  

Abu Dhabi, June 9 (ANI): In different surveys and excavations carried out in different parts in Abu Dhabi, archaeologists have unearthed priceless artifacts that date back to the Late Stone Age.

According to a report in Middle East Online, the excavations were carried out in Abu Dhabi by the Historic Environment Department of the Abu Dhabi Authority for Culture and Heritage (ADACH), in which they discovered archaeological findings at sites in Al Shuaib.

Among these findings were a pair of silver earrings, two bronze coins, a small ring, stone equipments used as hammers, and pieces of stoves that may have been used for cooking beside which animal fossils were found.

Fractures of potteries were identified, after being collected from sites surveyed, as well as granite fragments, which probably mark attempts to carve granite pieces during Late Stone Age, casting shadows over the possibility of the existence of Late Stone Age sites at this period, perhaps buried beneath the sand or near it.

The archaeological team carried on its surveys and excavations last February at Al Ain, along the Al Ain to Dubai highway, where the team undertook data collection and recording of archaeological sites all over the valleys and dunes in that area, as a preliminary step for listing all these sites in a single database at ADACH.

Fossils of ostrich eggshells were among the discoveries. After comparing surveyed pottery fractures with other similar pottery fractures, experts found out that the former group dates back to the Late Islamic epoch.

These fractures belong to tribes used to cut through many areas throughout ancient UAE during the winter searching for food and water.

They used to pitch their tents only for a very short period of time at different sites, which were found similar to others surveyed previously by ADACH’s team in past years, like Mahdar Al Meri, Bedou’ Al Shuaiber located in the south of Al Khatm area, and other parts at Al Khazna, Bukheesa forests, and many others previously documented in preliminary surveys at several areas in Abu Dhabi. (ANI)

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