Image Nation Abu Dhabi are pleased to announce that the landmark documentary series History of the Emirates will be airing on all National Broadcasters in the United Arab Emirates from November 24th – 28th every evening from 9pm.
Please find below details of the series – including broadcasters and episode synopsis.
A new article has just been published providing an update on our archaeological excavations at the MR11 site on Marawah Island:
Beech, M.J., R.T.H. Cuttler, A.K. Al Kaabi, A.A. El Faki, J. Martin, N. H. Al Hameli, H.M. Roberts, P. Spencer, D. Tomasi, O. Brunet and R. Crassard. 2019. Excavations at MR11 on Marawah Island (Abu Dhabi, UAE): new insight into the architecture and planning of Arabian Neolithic settlements and early evidence for pearling. Arabian Archaeology and Epigraphy 2019. Article doi.org/10.1111/aae.12148
In 1992, an archaeological survey of Marawah Island conducted by the Abu Dhabi Islands Archaeological Survey identified two significant Neolithic settlements known as MR1 and MR11. Both sites are constructed on prominent rocky platforms located towards the western end of the island. In 2000 and 2003, small‐scale excavations took place at MR11, with the first full excavation taking place in 2004. Excavations continued at MR11 between 2014 up to 2019. Radiocarbon dating demonstrates that the site was occupied between the earliest part of the sixth millennium to the mid‐fifth millennium BC. Three areas have been so far examined. Area A—a tripartite house (2004 and 2014–2017 excavation seasons); Area B—a partial structure (in 2003 and 2017–2018); and Area C—a series of at least five rooms (in 2017–2019). The results provide a valuable new insight into the architecture and planning of Arabian Neolithic settlements in the region, as well as the earliest known evidence for pearling.
Neolithic settlement, paved hall, pearls, sixth–fifth millennium BC, stone architecture, tripartite house
The ‘Abu Dhabi Pearl’ was discovered in Room 5 of Area C at the MR11 site on Marawah island.
The Abu Dhabi Pearl: Explore an almost 8,000-year-old treasure, with a Talk, Film and VR Experience
With Dr Mark Jonathan Beech, Head of Archaeology – Al Dhafra and Abu Dhabi
Tuesday 26 November 2019 – 6pm – Free admission
While excavating a stone-age village on the island of Marawah in the Western Region of the UAE, archaeologists discovered a nearly 8,000-year-old pearl, believed to be the earliest known evidence for pearling ever discovered.
Dr Mark Beech, Head of Archaeology for Al Dhafra & Abu Dhabi, Department of Culture and Tourism, will discuss the discovery of the pearl and the important history of pearling in the UAE.
To register for the talk please click here
About Dr Mark Jonathan Beech BSc. (Hons), M.A., PhD.
Dr Mark Jonathan Beech has a Bachelor of Sciences honours degree in Archaeology from the Institute of Archaeology, University College London (1982-1985), a Master’s degree in Environmental Archaeology and Palaeoeconomy from the Department of Archaeology at the University of Sheffield (1986-1987), and a Phd in Archaeology from the Department of Archaeology at the University of York (1998-2001). Dr Beech has been involved in archaeological research in the UAE for the past 25 years, being Senior Resident Archaeologist for the Abu Dhabi Islands Archaeological Survey from 1994-2006, then Cultural Landscapes Manager at the Abu Dhabi Authority for Culture and Heritage from 2006-2012 and then Head of Coastal Heritage and Palaeontology at the Abu Dhabi Tourism and Culture Authority from 2012-2017. Since 2018 he is Head of Archaeology for the Al Dhafra and Abu Dhabi Capital Area regions in the Historic Environment Department at the Department of Culture and Tourism (DCT Abu Dhabi).