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Department of Culture and Tourism - Abu Dhabi/ Photo: Thierry Ollivier
Woman dressed in a woollen garment, Central Asia, Bactria, 2300–1700 BCE, H. 25.3 cm; chlorite, calcite, Louvre Abu Dhabi, LAD 2011.024

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The First Villages

It took millions of years for the human species to spread across the globe from its origins in East Africa but by around 10,000 BCE, in the Near East, China and Central America, communities began to settle in the first villages where they domesticated animal and plant species. Despite regional differences, these early village communities shared a common desire for cohesion, by means of beliefs and rituals, around their ancestors. Human representations developed in the form of female figurines that addressed ideas of fertility. The wealth generated by profits from agriculture and livestock fostered the emergence of the first forms of state power.

Department of Culture and Tourism - Abu Dhabi/ Photo: Jonathan Gibbons
Two-headed monumental statue, Jordan, Aïn Ghazal, c. 6500 BCE H. 88 cm; plaster, bitumen(eyes), Department of Antiquities of Jordan

Department of Culture and Tourism - Abu Dhabi/ Photo: Thierry Ollivier
Woman dressed in a woollen garment, Central Asia, Bactria, 2300–1700 BCE, H. 25.3 cm; chlorite, calcite, Louvre Abu Dhabi, LAD 2011.024

Department of Culture and Tourism - Abu Dhabi/ Photo: Thierry Ollivier
Plank idol with two heads, Cyprus, 2300–1900BCE, H. 27.9 cm; polished and incised terracotta, Louvre Abu Dhabi, LAD 2011.025

Department of Culture and Tourism - Abu Dhabi
Vase with geometric decoration imported from Mesopotamia, United Arab Emirates, Abu Dhabi, Marawah Island, c. 5500 BCE H. 20 cm; painted terracotta Department of Culture And tourism, Abu dhabi
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