Hili Archaeological Park
|UNESCO World Heritage Site|
|Location||Al Ain, Emirate of Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates|
|Part of||Cultural Sites of Al Ain (Hafit, Hili, Bidaa Bint Saud and Oases Areas)|
|Criteria||Cultural: (iii), (iv), (v)|
|Inscription||2011 (35th Session)|
Description and history
Hili is the largest Bronze Age site in the UAE and dates from the 3rd millennium BCE. Other remains include settlements, tombs, and a falaj dating from the Iron Age. Some of the site is located outside the park in a protected area. Finds from the site can be seen in the Al Ain National Museum in central Al Ain. The Hili Grand Tomb is a tower measuring 12 m (39 ft) in diameter that has been reconstructed. The tombs belong to the Umm al-Nar culture.
In May 2019, the Abu Dhabi Department of Culture & Tourism reported that fingerprints about 3000 years old were found at Hili II. They apparently belonged to craftsmen who constructed a wall at the site.
- Al Ain Oasis
- Tawam (region)
- Archaeological Sites of Bat, Al-Khutm and Al-Ayn
- Hafit period
- List of Ancient Settlements in the UAE
- Qattara Oasis
- Rumailah, UAE
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