An 8000-year old pearl has been found in Abu Dhabi. According to the archaeologists, it is the world’s oldest pearl.
Recently, this precious pearl was found on the floor of a house while digging on the island of Marwah, the capital of the United Arab Emirates. This rare natural pearl was found with the oldest architecture.
Abu Dhabi Culture and Tourism of Abu Dhabi said, “The layers from which the pearl came have been carbon-dated to 5800-5600 BC, during the Neolithic period“.
Mohamed Al-Muabarak, the chairman said, “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“.
The culture department said, “The Venetian jewel merchant Gasparo Balbi, who travelled through the region, mentions the islands off the coast of Abu Dhabi as a source of pearls in the 16th century“.
Abdulla Khalfan Al-Kaabi, the director of the archaeological survey unit of Culture and Tourism
Department at Abu Dhabi said, “The presence of pearls at archaeological sites is evidence that the pearl trade existed from at least as far back as the Neolithic period“.
Earlier, during excavations on the island of Marwah numerous collapsed Neolithic period stone pillars, beads made of stone and flint arrowheads were also found. The pearl was brought to the audience for the first time at the Paris Museum on 30th October. This “Abu Dhabi Pearl” is faint pink in colour and about 0.3 centimetres in size. By different pictures, we can see that this is the world’s oldest pearl.
Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi also published a video on Instagram.
Experts said that people of Mesopotamia, Iraq and ceramic countries used to buy goods in exchange for pearls in the Neolithic era. And who does not know about pearl jewellery! Besides, the pearl industry was once important enough for the economy in the United Arab Emirates. This industry also became very popular in Japan. And since then the economy of the Arab Emirates has been in recession. Then this country started the business of import-export of oil.