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Friday, April 24, 2009

First Humans Out of Africa?

Persian Gulf (UAE) emirates a focus for the migration from Africa of
the first humans.

Archaeologists discover 85,000 yr old villages in Sharjah
April 23rd, 2009 - 2:24 pm ICT

Sharjah, April 23 (ANI): Archaeologists have discovered villages
dating back to 85,000 years in Sharjah’s Jebel Fayah, which show that
human settlements existed in the area during that time.

Excavation work was carried out as part of a joint programme between
the Directorate of Antiquities at the Culture and Information
Department in Sharjah and the Institute of Prehistoric Studies and
Research at the German University of Tubengin.

The two-month excavation showed the existence of a deeper layer at the
depth of four meters below the surface, which dates back to at least
100,000 years.

This coincides with the time when man left Africa and reached
Australia around 50,000 years ago.

It had been assumed for hereditary reasons that man moved from East
Africa to the south of the Arabian Peninsula and then to the northern
coasts of the Indian ocean and South Asia.

During times when the sea level was low, people crossed to the islands
now known as Indonesia, which proves that they had some knowledge of
navigation that allowed them to sail to Australia.

It can be assumed that some of the ancestors of Australia’s first
residents stayed in the rocky shelters on the foot of Jebel Fayah

The latest discoveries prove that the UAE has a long and rich history.

Considering the international significance of the new discoveries, the
international science community put the site under the spotlight, with
many scientists and specialists flocking the area to find out more
about the archeological discoveries. (ANI)
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