A settlement recently uncovered by scientists is thought to be the earliest known community in Abu Dhabi.
Excavations by archaeologists from the Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi (DCT Abu Dhabi) on the island of Marawah have discovered a village that dates back 8,000 years to the Neolithic period.
The houses are well-preserved and are believed to have been used for several hundred years.
Each of the ten dwellings consists of several rooms and outdoor spaces believed to have been used for the keeping of animals and preparation of food.
This is the first discovery of its kind as previously only artefacts from this era had been uncovered, but no settlements. HE Mohamed Khalifa Al Mubarak, chairman of DCT Abu Dhabi, said: “The exciting discoveries they have uncovered thus far serve to showcase Abu Dhabi’s earliest years, and help us accurately map out our development by seeing how far we have come.
“As we continue to invest in these archaeological excavations, we will no doubt further understand our ancestors and our land, and share these findings with the world.”