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18th-century trade centre excavated in Qatar

A trade centre from the 18th century is undergoing excavation in Qatar's historic city of Al Zubarah. Al Zubarah had its brief heyday in the late 1700s, when residents enjoyed the city’s mosques, marketplaces, palaces, libraries, and the port, which was vital for international trade. "It was an influential city. Historical sources

Islamic-era settlements found in Qatar

Two settlements dating back to the Islamic-era have been found in Qatar using an unmanned aerial vehicle. "The excavation of a site called Ras 'Ushairiq uncovered a large settlement called Rubayaqa which revealed several large courtyard homes, a mosque and two cemeteries. "Finds from the site were as diverse as iron cannon

Greek statues pulled from Qatari exhibition for being nude

Two nude Greek statues have been pulled from an Olympic exhibition in Qatar in order to "avoid scandalising female visitors". Greek Deputy Culture Minister Costas Tzavaras, who visited the Muslim country last month for the exhibition opening, objected, saying the works should be displayed as they were or shipped home. So the

Oldest evidence of human occupation in Qatar found

A 7,500-year-old hearth has been found beneath the sands of Qatar, making it the oldest evidence for human occupation in the area. ‘Until last year,’ said Dr Tetlow, ‘no insect remains had ever been found on archaeological sites in Qatar. Now we have some from 6000 years ago!’ Organic remains of

Islamic settlement uncovered in Qatar

An Islamic settlement, buried for 125 years, has been uncovered in Qatar. Dr Andrew Petersen first became aware of a possible settlement after finding masonry and pottery at Ras Al-Sharig in Qatar. He thought something might be there after reading sources naming a town called Rubayqa. "But we certainly weren't