Museum’s new-look Burial Mounds Hall to re-open on Tuesday

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Manama, June 22 (BNA): The “Dilmun Burial Mounds” Hall at the Bahrain National Museum will re-open on Tuesday following the completion of five-year renovation works.

The new-look hall features a general idea of what the inside of Dilmun burials looked like and updated information according to the latest archaeological excavations and discoveries.

Visitors will learn all these items and data through cutting-edge audio-visual technology used in museums worldwide.

Dilmun burial mounds were found across the north and central regions of the country. The civilization of Dilmun left behind on the main island the heaviest concentration of prehistoric burial grounds any- where on earth, some 80,000 mounds, which were excavated and studied by many archaeological expedition missions, estimating its history back to 2250-1700 BC.

Given the richness of these burial mounds, containing artifacts that reflect the lifestyle of Dilmunians, they were considered as a unique and exceptional historical data record, and were consequently registered on UNESCO World Heritage Tentative List.

In her comments, President of the Bahrain Authority for Culture and Antiquities, Shaikha Mai bint Mohammed Al Khalifa extended thanks to the sponsors of hall renovation project, stressing that culture is the best means to preserve Bahrain’s human heritage.

She added that the hall had re-designed according to cutting-edge world museum exhibitions techniques, expressing delight that the new hall’s re-opening will coincide with the 42nd session of the World Heritage Committee, whose members will visit the Bahrain National Museum and the new-look hall.

The hall’s renovation project is sponsored by Bahrain Cinema company, Al –Muharraq Mall, Al-Seef Property, Ritaj, Bahrain Credit and United Ahli Bank.

A number of artists have also contributed to the sponsorship of the project, such as Shaikh Rashid bin Khalifa Al Khalifa, Bahrain Arts Society Honorary President, Abdul Rahim Sharif, Balqees Fakhro, Abbas Al-Musawi, Ali-Al Mahmeed, Shaikha Hala bint Mohammad Al-Khalifa, Shaikha Marwa Rachid Al-Khalifa, Shaikha Hanan Bint Hassan Al-Khalifa, Omar Al-Rachid, Zuhair Al-Saeed, Mayasa Al-Suwaidi, Adel Al-Abbasi, and Ali Hussein Mirza.