‘Abu Dhabi Pearl': An 8,000-Year-Old Pink Pearl Will Soon be Displayed to Public
Mon, August 15, 2022

‘Abu Dhabi Pearl': An 8,000-Year-Old Pink Pearl Will Soon be Displayed to Public


Archaeologists were excavating an archaeological site on Marawah Island, off the coast of Abu Dhabi, when they discovered the world’s oldest known pearl. The priceless piece of treasure was formed sometime between 5800 B.C. and 5600 B.C. They also found a bounty of bones stemming from marine animals like fish, turtles, dugong, and dolphins.


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All That’s Interesting, a site for curious people who want to know more about what they see on the news or read in history books, reported that the 8,000-year-old pearl has perfect complexion and a soft pink hue despite its age. It will soon be displayed at the “10,000 Years of Luxury” exhibit at the Louvre Abu Dhabi. The exhibit aims to celebrate the “world history of the lavish and the luxurious through 350 extraordinary objects,” featuring different cultures and ancient civilizations.

Aside from the pearl, the exhibition will also display precious artifacts and modern luxuries, including an hourglass piece created by Australian designer Marc Newson, a Mamluk carpet from Egypt dating back to the 15th Century, and vintage and modern creations by high-end fashion designers today. 


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Abdulla Khalfan al-Kaabi, the director of the Archaeological Survey Unit under the United Arab Emirates’ Department of Culture and Tourism (DCT), stated that the discovery of the pearl at the archaeological site proves two things. First, the pearl trade existed at least as far back as the Neolithic period. Second, Abu Dhabi was a known trading hub for the commodity in the 16th century.


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“The Abu Dhabi Pearl is a stunning find, testimony to the ancient origins of our engagement with the sea. 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,” DCT Chairman Mohamed Khalifa Al Mubarak said. 


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