Ex­cit­ing new dis­cov­er­ies at UAE ar­chae­o­log­i­cal site at Al Ain

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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

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