Sunday, March 13, 2011

Bahrain Burial Mounds

A'ali is located in the middle of Bahrain island, south of Isa town and north of Riffa [Latitude: 26.149011N Longitude: 50.511364E] and is famous for its burial mounds. These are considered to make up the largest prehistoric graveyard in the world (suggested numbers range from betweej 70,000 and 180,000) and date from between 3000 BC and AD 600.

The burial chamber in A'ali cemeteries consists of two rooms, one directly on top of the other. Built of dried adobe, plastered on the inside, and clad with limestone. The walls of the lower room were perpendicular, while those of the upper room were somewhat inclined near the ceiling.

Occasionally, the aisle would extend along the grave outside the northern and southern walls. The size of the grave would range from small to large. One specific grave was 40 feet long, 6 feet wide and 18 feet high.

The burial grounds are surrounded on the outside by a wall of large rocks located several yards from the base of the mounds.

Here's Mahmood {see MAHAMOODS DEN} explaining what they mean to him:

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