‘Oldest’ fingerprint found in Kuwait
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