Remains of Bronze Age Emirati settlement open to public for first time; John Dennehy; The National

UAE – Cultural Sites of Al Ain (Hafit, Hili, Bidaa Bint Saud and Oases Areas)

Hili 8 offers glimpse into one of the earliest dwellings.

One of the most important archaeological sites in the country has been opened to the public for the first time, promising visitors a first hand glimpse of the remains of a Bronze Age settlement.

Hili 8 forms part of the Unesco World Heritage sites of Al Ain. It was first excavated by French archaeologists in 1977.

They found the remains of barley, wheat and date palm proving the existence of an agricultural community dating back about 5,000 years.

Now Emirati archaeologists and international experts from the United States, Austria and France are back at the site since March.

And over the past two days, visitors were able to pass through several parts of Hili 8.

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