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Fragment of boat model among new finds at Bahra in northern Kuwait

A Kuwait-Polish Archaeological Mission (KPAM), working with archaeologists from the Centre of Mediterranean Archaeology of the University of Warsaw, have uncovered a fragment of a boat model among new finds while excavating at Bahra in northern Kuwait.

The team has been conducting archaeological research at a site designated Bahra 1, located in the desert region of Al-Subiya near the north coast of Kuwait Bay.

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The site contains material evidence from the Arabian Neolithic and the Chalcolithic Ubaid culture, a people from the prehistoric period of Mesopotamia that developed in southern Mesopotamia in the middle of the 6th millennium BC.

Previous excavations have uncovered a building interpreted as a temple, which the team have continued to explore to determine how it functioned within the wider settlement.

Other discoveries from previous research at Bahra 1 includes the largest collection of Ubaid period pottery in the Arabian Peninsula, and a fragment of a copper pin which is now on display at the Kuwait National Museum.

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Fragment of a boat model. Image Credit : J. Sliwa

As part of this season’s excavations, archaeologists have continued to study a complex of buildings, which appear to have been rebuilt several times during the site’s occupation.

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While excavating one of the rooms in the complex, a fragment of a stone pendant was uncovered that depicts a bird of prey with spread wings. Depictions of such birds are known from Ubaid seals from northern Mesopotamia. Speaking of the discovery, Professor Belinsky from PCMA UW said: It wouldn’t be unusual at a later date, but here in the 6th millennium BC, such an object is quite surprising”.

Archaeologists have also found a fragment of a boat model among pieces of ceramics, which according to the researchers, is a typical find for archaeological sites from the Ubaid period and suggests a connection with sea contacts from this period.

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Header Image Credit : Fot. J. Sliwa

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Mark Milligan
Mark Milligan
Mark Milligan is multi-award-winning journalist and the Managing Editor at HeritageDaily. His background is in archaeology and computer science, having written over 7,500 articles across several online publications. Mark is a member of the Association of British Science Writers (ABSW), the World Federation of Science Journalists, and in 2023 was the recipient of the British Citizen Award for Education, the BCA Medal of Honour, and the UK Prime Minister's Points of Light Award.
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