You are invited to unearth Bahrain’s rich heritage through archaeological adventures!
TDT | Manama
The Daily Tribune – www.newsofbahrain.com
Reported by Ashen Tharaka
In a unique initiative blending sport and culture, the Bahrain Authority for Culture and Antiquities (BACA) is inviting expats and citizens alike to explore the Kingdom’s fascinating archaeological sites.
This exciting programme aims to raise awareness of Bahrain’s rich heritage and offer residents a novel way to spend their leisure time. The inaugural event, a 5km “Walkathon,” saw over 200 participants, including expats from diverse backgrounds like Germany, Japan, the Philippines, the UK, India, and Saudi Arabia.
Even ambassadors residing in Bahrain joined the walk,exploring the ancient Dilmun burial mounds between Riffa and Aali. “We welcome expats to delve deeper into our archaeological sites and delve into Bahrain’s heritage,” stated Salman Almahari, Director of Archaeology and Museums at BACA.
“They are welcome to participate in future events like the Walkathon and ‘Little Archaeologist,’ both incredibly engaging programmes,” he further stated to The Daily Tribune.
Archaeological sites into leisure parks on track
This initiative also includes plans to transform archaeological sites into vibrant leisure parks. The latest excavation site in Hamad Town, featuring a 4-kilometre irrigation channel discovered by British archaeologists, is slated to become a recreational park after the second phase of excavation is complete.
“We began digging again during the winter but haven’t unearthed any significant artefacts yet,” explained Almahari. Recent research by a British scholar revealed a distinctive triangle-shaped channel designed to expedite water delivery to the Karzakan village. Interestingly, researchers found two types of channels: “open” and “closed,” indicating efforts to protect the water from dust and maintain its temperature.
Adding to the excitement, BACA anticipates a surge in visitors for the prestigious International Archaeological Summit 2024, including members from the GCC region. This event promises to be a highlight for history enthusiasts and archaeology professionals alike.
So, whether you’re an expat new to Bahrain or a long-time resident, grab your walking shoes and prepare to embark on a fascinating journey through time. Uncover the mysteries of ancient civilizations and immerse yourself in the rich tapestry of Bahrain’s heritage!
Exploring the archaeological sites
SALMAN ALMAHARI, DIRECTOR OF ARCHAEOLOGY AND MUSEUMS AT BACA