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Qala‘at al-Bahrain 2

The Central Monumental Buildings

A part of the series Jysk Arkæologisk Selskabs Skrifter (30:2) and the subject area

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288 pages ill.
ISBN 87 7288 590 4



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Qala'at al-Bahrain is a tell in Bahrain. Excavations in 1953-1978 have focused on the area around the city wall and in the centre of the settlement. The oldest building remains can be dated to the late third millennium BC, and around 2000 BC monumental architecture developed. Large-scale storage structures built of limestone ashlars form part of a palace complex; these have no exact parallels or prototypes in Bahrain or elsewhere.

In volume 2, finds from the excavation are described in detail, with particular emphasis on the palace. Constructed in the Early Dilmun era (c. 2000 BC), re-occupied in the Middle Dilmun era (c. 1500 BC) and integrated into a Late Dilmun palace (c. 600 BC), this structure survived for well over a thousand years.

Table of contents



Early Dilmun

Middle Dilmun

Late Dilmun


Human Skeletons, J. Littleton

Animal bones, M. Uerpmann, H.-P. Uerpmann

Snake skeletons, S. Bailon


Bibliography and abbreviations


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