In the Land of the Ichthyophagi: The Archaeology of Abu Dhabi's Coast & Islands

Talk

WHEN February 5, 2014
6:30-8pm WHERE NYUAD Downtown Campus, Abu Dhabi WHO NYU Abu Dhabi Institute Open to the Public

The archaeology of Abu Dhabi's coastline dates back to around 150,000 years ago, as witnessed by the discovery of Middle Palaeolithic stone tools at Jebel Barakah. Excavations on both Marawah and Delma Islands demonstrate that Neolithic peoples were already engaged in trade, pastoral nomadism and maritime subsistence as long ago as 7,500 years ago. The island of Umm an-Nar acted as an important trading port during the Bronze Age, around 4,500 years ago, for the export of copper from 'Magan'. Ancient geographers such as Ptolemy speak of the land of the "fish-eaters" (ichthyophagi). A combination of archaeological and historical evidence will be discussed to illustrate Abu Dhabi's maritime heritage.

image: 7,000 year old house discovered on Marawah Island - © ADIAS

Simultaneous Arabic translation will be provided.

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