The world’s old­est known nat­u­ral pearl dis­cov­ered in Abu Dhabi

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old­est known nat­u­ral pearl in the world has been dis­cov­ered by Depart­ment of Cul­ture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi ar­chae­ol­o­gists, work­ing at a Ne­olithic site on Marawah Is­land, just off the coast of Abu Dhabi. Dubbed the ‘Abu Dhabi Pearl’, it was found in lay­ers car­bon dated to 5800-5600 BCE, dur­ing the Ne­olithic pe­riod.

The dis­cov­ery is proof that pearls and oys­ters were used in the UAE nearly 8,000 years ago, and rep­re­sents the ear­li­est known ev­i­dence for pearling yet dis­cov­ered any­where in the world. “The dis­cov­ery of the old­est pearl in the world in Abu Dhabi makes it clear that so much of our re­cent eco­nomic and cul­tural history has deep roots that stretch back to the dawn of pre­his­tory,” said Mo­hamed Khal­ifa Al Mubarak, the chair­man of Abu Dhabi’s Depart­ment of Cul­ture and Tourism.

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