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Race to Salvage Post-Achaemenid Artefacts in Bahrain


News Category: Post-Achaemenian Period

 05 December 2005


Archaeologist are racing against time to salvage artefacts from a historic burial site before it is flattened to make way for a new road. 

The 2,000-year-old burial site is located in Abu Saybi, near Budaiya in Mishmâhig (what is today known as Bahrain), and has so far turned up a treasure-trove of antiquities from the Post-Achaemenid period, known in that region as Tylos period.

The dig has been described as being more of a rescue attempt than a scientific excavation by one senior official.

Culture and National Heritage Directorate preservation and conservation chief said the site is destined to be demolished to make way for the new road, which will provide access to the village.

"They have to demolish the site because they need the road, but I believe they could put a road above the graves so at least we could preserve them for future generations," Mr Mahari told the reporters.

He said artefacts unearthed would be preserved and stored at the National Museum, but it is unlikely that they will ever be exhibited.

But this is not the first time that region's past has been sacrificed in the name of development.

"Fifty or 60 archaeological sites in Hamad Town have been built on and demolished. It also happened in Saar," Mr Al Mahari said.

Tylos period is a a given name to a period which extends from 3rd century BC (post Achaemenid period) to 4th century AD, (early Sasanian period), to eradicate Iranian connection in the former province.

He urged authorities to consider building on land to the south of the country, rather than bulldozing and building on its historical sites.

A the result of a covert plot designed by Britain and executed by the United Nation as well as the incompetency of Iranian government of the time, Mishmahig Island was separated from mainland Iran in May 1970, against the will of the Islanders. Well over %65 of today Bahrain population are of Iranian origin.





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