Melanie Münzner

Archaeological Heritage Specialist at Think Heritage!, Muharraq, Bahrain
<melanie@thinkheritage.com>


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Dig It: The Journal of the Flinders Archaeological Society
Volume 2, Issue 1, June 2014

Print: ISSN 1440-2475
Online: ISSN 2203-1898


Abstract

This article aims to provide an introduction to the history and development of the extensive Bronze Age burial mound cemeteries of Bahrain. In addition, the paper discusses the aftermath of centennial excavations executed without community involvement and how awareness raising measures could be applied to counteract the resultant negative effects.

Although the amount of the four millennia old Dilmun Burial Mounds has diminished considerably over the last decades due to modern development, the number and density of the remaining burial mounds as well as their construction technique is still unrivalled in the world. It is therefore intended that these Dilmun Burial Mounds be nominated as a United Nations Scientific, Educational and Cultural Organisation (henceforth UNESCO) World Heritage Site. Such a nomination, however, requires a high level of commitment by all stakeholders involved, and therefore, awareness-raising measures should be introduced among the local community to increase knowledge and appreciation of it, as this is a prerequisite for the successful preservation of their outstanding heritage.


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