700,000 yr old Qatar settlement may be oldest organised human community ever found

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Doha, June 24 : Danish archaeologists have discovered a prehistoric settlement in Qatar, which they believe may be over 700,000 years old, making it the oldest organised human community ever found.

According to a report in The Peninsula, the archaeological team has uncovered the ancient settlement in the desert region of Qatar, which may confirm alternative theories on how early humans emigrated from the African continent.

Eight dwellings in the desert region of Qatar indicate that an early human species crossed what is now the Red Sea to leave their origins in Africa, according to the scientists.

There is still uncertainty within the scientific community as to which routes early humans used to migrate out of Africa.

The new discovery has only been tentatively dated by the archaeologists, who have estimated the age from the types of artefacts found at the site, which include axes and knives.

Other dating tests are necessary to confirm the estimates, but the find can only be carbon-dated with accuracy if organic material, such as bones, are found.

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