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Sunday, April 27, 2008

Qatar Archeology: Discovering Qatar's Past

Murwab:Abbasid period [8th-9th centuries AD]house with plaster floor, axcavated 2007

In the latest of her series of articles on Qatar's Natural History, Francis Gillespie, local author and journalist and coordinator of the Qatar Archeology Project, writes about Qatar's Archeology.

In the article she explores how archeology in Qatar - which, prior to the 1950's, was considered unimportant by locals and of little interest compared to Bahrain - was a late starter. However, when archeologists did come to Qatar they immediately started to make discoveries, with finds dating back to 6000 BC.

Numerous finds have been made since then, some linking Qatar with major civilisations in the past. More discoveries have been made in the last few years, and we are still waiting to find out what excavations currently underway will discover.

Also see:
Qatar History: The Rise of the Al Thanis
Qatar's Early History
Pearl Divers in Qatar

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