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An 8000-year-old pearl found in Abu Dhabi is the world's oldest, says Archaeologists

R Sinduja

News Editor

Archaeologists say the 8000-year-old natural pearl found under the floor of a room discovered during excavations of Marawah Island is the world's oldest; it will be displayed in Abu Dhabi. Authorities say the layers from which the pearl came have been dated to 5800-5600 BC, during the Neolithic period. Emirati experts believe that pearls were traded with Mesopotamia in exchange for ceramics and other goods.