Ancient history and settlement.
Main article: History of the Maldives § Early Age. The first Maldivians did not leave any archaeological artifacts.
Their buildings were probably built of wood, palm fronds and other perishable materials, which would have quickly decayed in the salt and wind of the tropical climate. Moreover, chiefs or headmen did not reside in elaborate stone palaces, nor did their religion require the construction of large temples or compounds. Comparative studies of Maldivian oral.