The greatest contributors to human knowledge, archaeologists, continue to stun and amaze mankind with their new discoveries. Possibly the most celebrated discovery last year is the recovery of bones believed to belong to King Richard III in Leicester while evidence that supports cannibalism was unearthed in Jamestown. Making inroads into history, archaeologists even discovered the oldest port in Egypt on the coastal belt of the Red Sea. In a dig that surprised the entire United Kingdom, enthusiastic archaeologists even discovered human remains believed to be over four thousand years old in near mint condition in Ireland.
Such discoveries not only allow us to re-situate ourselves in history but also allow us to understand the magnificent journey of mankind that has brought our civilisation to the 21st century. It also provides the opportunity for a deeper appreciation of history and a re-imagining of the world.
National archaeological sites also assist in the reconstruction of the country’s history and the famous archaeological sites in Abu Dhabi are no exception. While the very first of such discoveries were made subsequent to the discovery of oil in the region (thereby prompting a series of excavations), these excavations helped unearth considerable information regarding the lifestyles of the early dwellers in the region. The archaeological site of Umm Al Nar for instance uncovered tombs dating back to the Bronze Age. The Jebel Hafit Toms on the other hand was the location where marine fossils believed to be over seventy million years old were discovered. It is believed that the mountain used to be under the ocean but seismic activity caused the mountain to re-situate above sea level, thus explaining the abundance of marine fossils. Another famous site is the Al Hilli Archaeological Park where discoveries made, believed to be from the Bronze Age, are displayed for the benefit of the public.
While archaeological discoveries continue to be made, attractions such as the Al Hilli Archaeological Park allow the public and more specifically, tourists residing in resorts Abu Dhabi, to access them. If you are considering visiting the Emirate and are mulling over Abu Dhabi villas, choose wisely and opt for the comfort of Anantara Al Sahel Villas.
Umanga Kahandawaarachchi is a passionate travel writer who writes under the pen name, Maggie Tulliver. Her field of writing covers a wide array of content and articles related to travel and hospitality industry.