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New archaeological discoveries in Abu Dhabi dating back 8,500 years
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Archaeologists from the Abu Dhabi Department of Culture and Tourism have found a group of archaeological structures that have changed beliefs about the oldest known history of the emirate

Archaeologists from the Abu Dhabi Department of Culture and Tourism have found a group of archaeological structures that have changed beliefs about the oldest known history of the emirate, the United Arab Emirates and the entire region.

The new finds date back more than 8,500 years, which provides evidence that the area is about 500 years older than previously thought.

The discoveries were made on Gaga Island, west of Abu Dhabi, in 2020, and since then the department's team has been conducting scientific analyzes of the structures and discoveries found there.

It was previously believed that the length of the maritime trade routes stimulated people to settle in the area, which developed during the Neolithic period, but discoveries prove that Neolithic settlements existed before the start of the trade movement.

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