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