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Dilmun Burial Mounds

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The Dilmun Burial Mounds in Bahrain is one of the rare archaeological burial grounds in Bahrain, which dates back to the Dilmun era, and is the place where ancient people of Dilmun civilization are resting in peace.


Dilmun is an old civilization which flourished in the island of Bahrain during the Bronze Age at around 3000 B.C. The civilization began as Bahrain was along the ancient sea trade route, which linked the civilization with that of Indus Valley Civilization and Mesopotamia. Although the civilization phase off, their burial ground still bears testimony of this mighty civilization.

The Dilmun Burial Mounds were discovered by a Danish team, which during the course of their excavation, stumbled upon some tumuli, which proved the existence of this civilization about two thousand years before Christ. Each tumulus included a central stone chamber, surrounded by a low ring wall with earth, and gravel piled on them. Only one person was buried in each tumulus, although some contained more than one person.

The bodies found in Dilmun Burial Mounds represent both sexes. The bodies however did not have ornaments upon them, nor were the chambers stacked with huge riches of Egyptian tombs.

owever, there were some specific items included such as articles of pottery and armour, or stone stamp cachet, baskets, mineral pitch, jars made of stone, ivory items and several copper weapons. The bodies proved that the life expectancy of people were about 40 years. The Dilmun Burial Mounds also form a part of sight-seeing options in Bahrain.