The Ruins of Saar
Bahrain's Honeycombed Heritage
Some 4,000 years ago, before the rise of either the Persian or Ottoman empires, a Bronze Age settlement of Mesopotamian traders who dealt in Bahraini pearls, Omani copper, and Arabian dates rose up from the arid coastal plains just 10 kilometers southwest of present-day Manama. Inhabited for 150–200 years, the dwellings, temple, and honeycomb burial mounds are slated to join Dilmun as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
By Baxter Jackson, AFAR Local Expert
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