‘Old­est’ fin­ger­print found in Kuwait

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KUWAIT: A joint team of ar­chae­ol­o­gists have dis­cov­ered a 7,300-year-old hu­man fin­ger­print - the ear­li­est in the Near East re­gion - in Su­biyya in north­ern Kuwait. The fin­ger­print was found on a piece of a bro­ken clay pot dat­ing from the Stone Age (8,700 BC to 2,000 BC) in the Bahrah I Ex­ca­va­tion Zone in Su­biyya, an of­fi­cial from the Na­tional Coun­cil for Cul­ture, Arts and Let­ters (NCCAL) an­nounced on Fri­day.

“The find adds to a list of im­por­tant dis­cov­er­ies re­cently ex­ca­vated in the area - these in­clude an an­cient town, a tem­ple, a ceme­tery, wells and pot­tery, which pro­vide im­por­tant clues on the life of prim­i­tive man,” said Dr Sul­tan AlDuweesh, di­rec­tor of NCCAL’s ar­chae­o­log­i­cal and mu­se­ums depart­ment. “The team of ex­ca­va­tors is made up of 17 ar­chae­ol­o­gists, in­clud­ing 11 Poles, five Kuwaitis from NCCAL and a US scholar,” Duweesh pointed out.

He added that NCCAL is in con­sul­ta­tion with the UN Ed­u­ca­tional, Sci­en­tific and Cul­tural Or­ga­ni­za­tion (UNESCO) to add Bahrah I Ex­ca­va­tion Zone to the World Her­itage List given its uni­ver­sal value and unique and ex­cep­tional sig­nif­i­cance to hu­man civ­i­liza­tion. “A UNESCO team led by Dr Mo­ham­mad Bu-Zyan vis­ited the site as part of ef­forts to list it as a world her­itage site,” Duweesh said. NCCAL pur­sues a care­ful plan for arche­o­log­i­cal ex­ca­va­tions and sur­vey of the area, which bears the prom­ise of pro­vid­ing a clearer in­sight into hu­man life in the Stone Age, he added.

KUWAIT: The old­est hu­man fin­ger­print dis­cov­ered in Kuwait is seen. — KUNA

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