Friday, May 16, 2014
Qal’at al-Bahrain – Ancient Dilmun - BAHRAIN - UNESCO #1192
Another glorious moment on my Postcrossing adventure, today I received three postcards written and stamped from Bahrain, the first I got from that little island state right in the middle of the Persian Gulf and occupied by Portuguese troops for 80 years back in the 16th century. This old fort, now a museum was built by my ancestral and it's now a UNESCO World Heritage Site (it makes me feel proud knowing there are WHS of Portuguese influence all over the world). Thank you very much Edwin. This postcard took 34 days to arrive!
Qal’at al-Bahrain is a typical tell – an artificial mound created by many successive layers of human occupation. The strata of the 300 × 600 m tell testify to continuous human presence from about 2300 BC to the 16th century AD. On the top of the 12 m mound there is the impressive Portuguese fort, which gave the whole site its name, qal’a (fort). The site was the capital of the Dilmun, one of the most important ancient civilizations of the region. It contains the richest remains inventoried of this civilization, which was hitherto only known from written Sumerian references.