UNESCO declares Bahrain’s Dilmun Burial Mounds a World Heritage Site

The burial grounds are located in the western part of the island nation. (Shutterstock)
Updated 07 July 2019

UNESCO declares Bahrain’s Dilmun Burial Mounds a World Heritage Site

  • It is Bahrain’s third World Heritage Site
  • The burial grounds include 21 archeological sites built between 2050 and 1750 BC

DUBAI: The UNESCO World Heritage Committee added Bahrain’s Dilmun Burial Mounds to the World Heritage List on Saturday for its “globally unique characteristics.”

The burial grounds, located in the western part of the island nation, include 21 archeological sites built between 2050 and 1750 BC, which demonstrate evidence of the early Dilmun civilization, when Bahrain became a trade hub.

“These tombs illustrate globally unique characteristics, not only in terms of their number, density and scale, but also in terms of details such as burial chambers equipped with alcoves,” UNESCO said in a statement.

Sheikha Mai bint Mohammed Al-Khalifa, president of the Bahrain Authority for Culture and Antiquities, said “that the Dilmun Burial Mounds is a living proof of Bahrain’s distinguished cultural heritage,” the Bahrain News Agency reported.

The landmark includes six burial mound fields that consist of a few dozen to a several thousand tumuli. The other 15 include 13 single royal mounds and two pairs of royal mounds spread across various towns in Madinat Hamad, Janabiyah and A’ali.

The Dilmun Burial Mounds is Bahrain’s third World Heritage Site, after Ancient Qal’at al-Bahrain Harbor City and Capital of Dilmun in 2005 and the Offshore Pearling Sites in Muharraq in 2012.


Sheep take over streets of Madrid for annual migration

Updated 20 October 2019

Sheep take over streets of Madrid for annual migration

  • The annual event, which started in 1994, allows shepherds to exercise their right to use traditional routes to migrate their livestock
  • The herd includes 2,000 merino sheep and 100 goats

MADRID: Sheep replaced traffic on the streets of Madrid on Sunday as shepherds steered their flocks through the heart of the Spanish capital, following ancient migration routes.
The annual event, which started in 1994, allows shepherds to exercise their right to use traditional routes to migrate their livestock from northern Spain to more southerly pastures for winter grazing.
The route would have taken them through undeveloped countryside a few centuries ago, but today it cuts through Madrid’s bustling city center and along some of its most famous streets.
Sheep farmers pay a nominal charge in symbolic acknowledgement of a 1418 agreement with the city council that set a fee of 50 maravedis — medieval coins — per 1,000 sheep brought through the central Sol square and Gran Via street.
The herd includes 2,000 merino sheep and 100 goats.