1800 BC at the Sheikh Zayed Desert Learning Centre
This unique experience takes you to scenes from Al Ain city back in time to 1800-1500 BC. During this trip, you will see a masterpiece of jewellery from the Bronze Age showing the technical and industrial development of the period.
Sheikh Zayed Desert Learning Centre gives visitors a wonderful opportunity to see the jewellery that was used during the Wadi Suq civilization, where you will discover the life of the population of Al Ain during this era, representing a legacy of the United Arab Emirates.
This visitor experience at Sheikh Zayed Tribute Hall will continue until August 5th, 2019, as a part of the "Journey of a Piece" programme offered by the Al Ain Palace Museum of the Department of Culture and Tourism - Abu Dhabi, to showcase the museum's collections to the public.
What is the pendant of Wadi Suq?
Formed in the shape of two intertwined horned animals, this pendant is made out of electrum, a naturally occurring alloy of gold and silver, and weighs about 11 grams. Also known as a ‘Dallaya’, it is believed that this pendant was used for decoration purposes for both genders. It is also possible that it was recognized as a religious symbol.
Dating back to the Bronze Age, the pendant was one of the findings of the local archaeological excavation mission at the Al Qattara Tomb site in Al Ain. Similar jewellery pieces were found in a tomb from a very late period of the Umm Al Nar civilization at Tel Abraq, and in tombs at Al Badiya, Shaml and Al Dhayah, which indicates that they were locally produced.