Abu Dhabi: Artefacts dating as far back as the Stone Age will be displayed during a three month exhibition highlighting Abu Dhabi's rich and ancient heritage, it was revealed during a press conference to discuss the upcoming The Dawn of History: Revealing the Ancient Past of Abu Dhabi exhibition.

The exhibition, which will run from February 2 to April 2, 2011, is held under the patronage of Shaikh Tahnoon Bin Mohammad Al Nahyan, the Ruler's Representative in the Eastern Region. It is jointly organised by the Abu Dhabi Authority for Culture and Heritage (Adach) and the Moesgård Museum in Denmark and supported by The Shaikha Salama Bint Hamdan Al Nahyan Foundation in Abu Dhabi.

Archaeological sites

"Preserving the tangible heritage of Abu Dhabi in all its forms and protecting it from extinction are amongst the primary strategic aims of Adach… this exhibition will provide us with an opportunity to highlight some of our most important historical and archaeological sites, including the Umm an-Nar settlement, the Hafit graves, the Hilli Grand Tomb, the Hili Tower, and Qarn Bint Saud," Mohammad Khalaf Al Mazroui, Adviser for Culture and Heritage in the Court of His Highness the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, Director General of Adach, said.

It was also revealed that the UAE and Denmark have had a long history of interaction, preceding the recent excavations carried out by a team of archaeologists from the Moesgård Museum from 1959 to 1961.

Returned

"Coincidentally, we are celebrating in Denmark the 250th anniversary of a Danish expedition that was sent to discover the different areas within the Arabian Peninsula…out of the seven commissioned scientists, only one returned," Poul O. G. Hoiness, Ambassador of Denmark to UAE, said.

"However, he brought back with him detailed information and drawings as well as specimens of flora and fauna that has since captured our interest in this region.".

An international conference on archeology will be held in Al Ain from March 30 to 31. Additionally experts will map sites where fossilized animal remains have been found in Abu Dhabi and will creat a database of the information collected by Adach.