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Stone tools found in United Arab Emirates

Ancient stone axes, scrapers and awls, thought to be hundreds of thousands of years old, have been found in Sharjah, UAE. “We have sent several items, including axes and scrapers, to Germany for further analysis, said Dr Jassim. “The discovery of these tools will add valuable information to our records about

7,500-year-old pearl found in Neolithic grave

The oldest pearl yet found has been discovered in a neolithic grave unearthed in the United Arab Emirates. Discovered in the Emirate of Umm al Quwain, United Arab Emirates (UAE), the pearl was believed to have originated between 5547 and 5235 BC. "Gemmologists and jewellers have popularised the idea that the oldest

Evidence found for early camel domestication

Archaeologists working in the United Arab Emirates have found 3,000-year-old evidence of domesticated wild camels. “We’ve found evidence that we traded with the rest of Arabia during this time, and that was not really possible until the camel was domesticated.” Last week the team unearthed painted figurines of camels with saddles on

Humans reached Persian gulf 50,000 years earlier than thought

A cache of stone tools which date back 125,000 years has been found in the United Arab Emirates, prompting an investigation in to whether humans migrated out of Africa via a shallow Red Sea. [Thx Laine!] The team’s research, published in Science, posits that the area’s climate had a role in

Human remains could reveal Unit 731 details

Unit 731, the Imperial Japanese Army's notorious medical research team, carried out secret Josef Mengele-style experiments on human test subjects. Now some remains from the unit are prompting a reopened investigation into what crimes occurred. The experiments included hanging people upside down until they choked, burying them alive, injecting

Variety of treasures found in United Arab Emirates

Archaeologists in Umm Al Quwain, one of the United Arab Emirates, have discovered a variety of treasures ranging from 5,000 year old pottery, to bronze spreadheads from the first millennium BC. The team also found a number of iron tridents, known to have been used in the first century BC. Some