The decision to inscribe the Dilmun Burial Mounds
on the heritage list was made on July 6 during the committee's 43rd session held in Baku, the capital of Azerbaijan,
Shaikh Khalifa bin Ahmed Al Khalifa, Director of Museums Directorate at BACA, reviewed the location and historical information about the burial mounds
, pointing out that the site extends from northern Bahrain to the south.
The landmark includes six burial mound
fields that consist of a few dozen to a several thousand tumuli.
Professor Zainolla Samashev, in charge of the excavations, said: "A large number of valuable finds in this burial mound
let us believe a man and a woman are buried here - the reigning persons or people who belonged to the elite of Saka society."
Horse headdress, late 4th-early 3rd century BC, Pazyryk 2 burial mound
, Altai Mountains, southern Siberia, felt, leather, wood, gold foil, htc.
By contrast, in areas of sedimentary cover, these monuments are scarce, with a few sites in the calcareous sandstone of the coastal mountains of Jaizkibel --5 dolmens and 6 cromlechs--and Mendizorrotz --5 dolmens and 3 cromlechs--, as well as in the limestone of the Aralar Mountains--more than 50 dolmens and 2 cromlechs--, Andia--6 cromlechs and 12 dolmens--and Urbasa--1 cromlech and 23 dolmens--, in addition to the possible ruined dolmens inventoried as burial mounds
in the last two areas (Barrero et al, 2005).
In only five cases burial mounds
contained inhumations exclusively, while in eight necropolises they cover cremations.
"Each foot in Bahrain speaks of a rich history and I really hope that other locations like the Tree of Life and the burial mounds
get acknowledged internationally as well."
They first introduce its geography, natural resources, history, and location, then key sites that can be visited today--Qala'at al-Bahrain, Barbar temple, the burial mounds
, the village of Saar, Al-Khamis mosque and Bilad al-Qadim, and the Tree of Life--and directions to them, what can be seen, past archaeological research, and their history based on archaeological evidence, with photos of objects and the sites.
The author defines 'underground' in a very wide sense so as to include villages buried under reservoirs, archaeological digs, bunkers for the Royal Family in case of a nuclear attack, burial mounds
, caves, grottoes and tunnels including those dug by Joseph Williamson in Liverpool.
These include a showcase tour of Bahrain's pearling heritage, as well as the restoration of the kingdom's ancient burial mounds
and an historic mosque.
Gentle slopes along the southern edge of the North York Moors between Kirkbymoorside and Pickering have a host of man-made features ranging from farmsteads to burial mounds
and disused quarries ...