WORLDKINGS - Worldkings News - Asia Records Institute (ASRI) – Abu Dhabi Pearl: World's oldest natural pearl

25-10-2021

(WorldKings.org) The 8,000-year-old gemstone was found on Marawah Island and will go on display at Louvre Abu Dhabi

The oldest known natural pearl in the world has been discovered by Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi (DCT 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 in the world.

The 8,000-year-old gemstone was unearthed on Marawah Island, which lies just off the coast of Mirfa town, about 170 kilometres west of Abu Dhabi city.

The pearl was displayed at Louvre Abu Dhabi as part of the '10,000 Years of Luxury' exhibition that opened on October 30. It was housed at Zayed National Museum, which is being built on Saadiyat Island.

Before this discovery, the earliest-known pearl in the UAE was uncovered at a Neolithic site in Umm Al Quwain and was believed to be 7,500 years old. Ancient pearls from the same time have also been found at a Neolithic cemetery close to Jebel Buhais in Sharjah. Carbon dating indicates that the Abu Dhabi pearl is older than both these.

 

According to thenationalnews


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