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MUFONET-BBS GROUP - MUTUAL UFO NETWORK ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ ARCHAEOLOGY NEWS - WIRE ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 旼컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴커 =START= XMT: 14:59 Tue Feb 25 EXP: 15:00 Wed Feb 26 쿌RCHAEOLOGISTS EXCAVATE 6,000-YEAR-OLD TOWN AT UMM AL QUWAIN (FEB. 25) MIDDLE EAST NEWS NETWORK - A pre-historic town 쿭ating back to about 6,000 years, possibly the biggest 퀇alled town of its kind in the Arabian Gulf is under 쿮xcavation at Umm Al Quwain. 쿥ith the support of the Government of Umm Al Quwain and 쿒eneral Motors, a team of archaeologists led by Prof Dan 쿛otts of the University of Sydney, is uncovering evidence of 퀆irtually continuous occupation at Tell Abraq from 3,800 쿍C to the first century AD. ''The four-hectare site is a landmark discovery,'' said 쿛rofessor Potts. ''It is the largest and longest settled 쿾re-historic town ever found on the southern coast of the 쿌rabian Gulf.'' 쿟he settlement was a regional center of trade with important 쿬ities in west and south Asia. ''We have found imported 쿬eramics, stone vessels, stone weights, cylinder seals and 쿺etal objects similar to those found in Mesopotamia, Iran, 쿍ahrain and the Indus Valley,'' Prof Potts added. ''We are indebted to the Government of Umm Al Quwain and to 쿒eneral Motors which have provided us with vehicles and 쿯unds to carry out extensive tests on our discoveries.'' 쿒ary K. Rowley, regional director of General Motors, said: ''We are very pleased to be able to help the team piece 퀃ogether a picture of the lifestyle and economy of the 퀁egion's early inhabitants.'' 쿟he archaeologists are doing this by analysing the rich 쿯auna, flora, architectural and ceramic remains unearthed on 퀃he site. 쿚ne of the most exciting discoveries is a round, fortified 쿫uilding made of stone and mud in a diameter of 40 meters 쿪nd a height of 7.5 meters. 쿌 circular grave lies at the base of the building and the 퀃eam intends to bring in an anthropologist who can deal 쿪dequately with the human remains. 쿌ccording to Prof Potts, the town sprawled around the large 쿯ort with people living in barastis or tents. A mudbrick 쿾latform covers the mound, into which a deep well had been 퀂unk. ''From the amount of fishbones and shells recovered, we can 퀃ell that fishing was a major occupation of the 쿾opulation,'' Prof Potts added, ''and the discovery of large 쿲rinding stones shows cereals were cultivated. The people 퀇ere also great traders with links all around the region.'' 쿌part from Professor Potts, the international team 쿮xcavating Tell Abraq includes Anne-Marie Mortenson, field 쿭irector, Katrina Proust, registrar, Hildreth Potts, 쿭raughtsman, architect Stephanie Licciardo, archaeologist 쿝obyn Stocks and Christian Velde and conservator Wendy 쿝eade-Trevett. Also working on the site is Prof Hans-Pater 쿢erpmann, a leading analyst of animal bone remains. 쿑rom: Khaleej Times =END=

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