Archaeologists have discovered the
remains of Stone Age houses dating from 7,000 years ago
on an island off the coast of the what is today known as
United Arab Emirates.
The foundations of three dwellings were found on Marawah
island, 60 miles west of the UAE capital, Abu Dhabi.
The site also yielded a flint spearhead about 3in long,
a flint arrowhead and a grinding stick, said Mark Beech,
the senior resident archaeologist of the Abu Dhabi
Islands Archaeological Survey.
Mr Beech said the team suspected there were more house
remains to be found. "These structures are amazing
in terms of historic importance. They are the best and
most complete structures found in the whole [Persian
Gulf] region," Mr Beech said.
Less well-preserved remains of houses have been found in
Kuwait and Qatar. Samples examined at Glasgow University
showed the houses date to 6,500-7,000 years ago, which
is about 2,000 years before the earliest Pharaoh in
The houses corresponds to the Late Stone Age. Their
walls are about 18in thick and built of local stone.
Pieces of Ubaid pottery from southern Mesopotamia,
today’s Iraq, were found at other sites on Marawah
island, showing that its settlers were involved in
: The Scotsman