Exciting new discoveries at UAE archaeological site at Al Ain
excavations at the Hili 2 archaeological site, part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Al Ain, has revealed stunning new evidence on social life in the region 3,000 years ago. The results of the work have provided important insights into the daily lives of Hili’s Iron Age occupants, including methods of cooking, house-building techniques, types of crops farmed, as well as evidence of communal activities.
Hili 2, located in the Al Ain region near Hili Archaeological Park, was originally excavated during the 1970s and 1980s. Those excavations revealed well-preserved houses that formed the centre of an ancient village. The preservation of the houses was such that the walls stood to roof level in some of the buildings.
A wide range of artefacts were discovered, but the most thrilling discovery for the DCT Abu Dhabi team came when examining a collapsed wall. Here they found the fingerprints of those who had made the bricks 3,000 years ago. These bricks had been made in pre-formed moulds, with the craftsmen then using their hands to create patterns in the bricks to hold the mortar. Most of the examined bricks had fingerprints, though to how many people they belong is not yet known. DCT Abu Dhabi archaeologists are examining the possibility of attempting to lift the fingerprints from the mudbricks for forensic analysis.
3,000-year-old finger prints were discovered at Al Ain