World’s oldest and biggest pearl in Abu Dhabi

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The oldest known natural pearl in the world was found by the archeologists at a Neolithic site on Marawah Island in Abu Dhabi.

Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi (DCT Abu Dhabi) dubbed the 8,000-year-old pearl as ‘Abu Dhabi Pearl.’

“The layers from which the pearl came have been carbon dated to 5800-5600 BC, during the Neolithic period,” DCT Abu Dhabi 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,” said its chairman Mohamed Al-Muabarak.

It was found during excavations in Marawah Island, off the capital of the United Arab Emirates. The site also yielded ceramics, beads made from shell and stone, and flint arrowheads.

“The Venetian jewel merchant Gasparo Balbi, who traveled through the region, mentions the islands off the coast of Abu Dhabi as a source of pearls in the 16th century,” the culture department said.

The ‘Abu Dhabi Pearl’ will be shown in an exhibit at Louvre Abu Dhabi, ’10,000 Years of Luxury’ starting October 30, 2019 until February 18, 2020.