Abu Dhabi ar­chae­ol­o­gists un­earth rare, well-pre­served Stone Age house

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A well-pre­served, 7,500-year-old house has been found on the is­land of Marawah, just off the coast of Abu Dhabi and is de­scribed by ar­chae­ol­o­gists as one of the most re­mark­able and rare finds in the Gulf re­gion. The house belongs to one of the re­gion’s largest Stone Age set­tle­ments. The new ex­ca­va­tions, com­pleted late last year, fo­cused on one of seven mounds in the vil­lage, and re­vealed a struc­ture with three join­ing stone-built rooms. TCA Abu Dhabi Coastal Her­itage ar­chae­ol­o­gist Ab­dulla Khal­fan Al Kaabi said, “Ra­dio­car­bon dat­ing of the de­posits show that the vil­lage dates back more than 7,500 years to the Neolithic pe­riod. This style of ar­chi­tec­ture is unique for this pe­riod and has never been found be­fore in the re­gion.” Dr Mark Beech, head of coastal her­itage TCA, said it was ‘very un­usual’ to find a Stone Age house “so well pre­served that you have a com­plete plan of the struc­ture. It’s a stun­ning find be­cause there are no par­al­lels to it any­where else in the Gulf coast re­gion,” he said,

“You can see the back yard and small walls pro­ject­ing out, which is where the cook­ing was car­ried out, just like tra­di­tional Ara­bian houses. We knew it was a Stone Age site but did not ex­pect it to be so well pre­served.” Hun­dreds of arte­facts have also al­lowed ar­chae­ol­o­gists to piece to­gether what life was like for these vil­lagers and in­hab­i­tants 7,500 years ago.

The 7,500-year-old house on the is­land of Marawah, Abu Dhabi

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