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Sunday, September 07, 2008

Early Man in Qatar

Cave paintings of AurochsFurther archeological discoveries made in Qatar by a joint Qatari-Danish team suggest that man first moved to Qatar earlier than previously expected, the Gulf Times reported today. Hunting tools have been discovered which are believed to date from 700,000 to 800,000 years in the past. The tools, which were found on what is thought to have been the shores of a freshwater lake, included hand axes and cleavers used to kill large animals such as aurochs and elephants, as well as scraping instruments used to clean fur. A director of the Moesgard Museum in Denmark, Bo Madsen, quoted in the Gulf Times stated:

“not only are these tools the oldest traces of man in South Arabia, they are among the oldest in the whole world.”

The announcement follows on from the discovery of an ancient settlement in Qatar earlier this year. It must also lend weight to the theory that Qatar, as well as much of the rest of the Middle East, was once a much more hospitable place to live, with a milder climate and vegetation.

Also see: The Archeology of Qatar

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