The world’s oldest pure pearl has been found on an island off Abu Dhabi, the capital of the United Arab Emirates.
The eight,000-year-old pearl was discovered throughout excavations at Marawah Island which additionally revealed the earliest structure within the UAE.
Authorities stated the invention proved that pearls had been traded within the area since Neolithic occasions.
The pearl will go on show later this month on the Louvre gallery, Abu Dhabi.
“The invention of the oldest pearl on the planet in Abu Dhabi makes it clear that a lot of our latest financial and cultural historical past has deep roots that stretch again to the daybreak of prehistory,” stated Mohamed Khalifa Al Mubarak, the chairman of Abu Dhabi’s Division of Tradition and Tourism.
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Archaeologists used radiocarbon relationship to find out that the pearl dated again to between 5800 and 5600 BC. Pearls have been on the time seemingly worn as jewelry and used to commerce with Mesopotamia – historical Iraq – for ceramics and different items, in keeping with Emerati specialists.
The excavations at Marawah Island, which centered on quite a few collapsed stone constructions, additionally revealed ceramics, beads made from shell and stone, and flint arrowheads.
The “Abu Dhabi Pearl”, because it has been dubbed, shall be displayed as a part of the Louvre Abu Dhabi exhibit “10,000 Years of Luxurious”, opening on 30 October.
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