Bahrain archaeological find points to ‘lost paradise of Dilmun’

A team found remnants of a Dilmun garden at Jumaa Farm in Maqabah village

Bahrain archaeological find points to ‘lost paradise of Dilmun’

Archaeologists in Bahrain have uncovered the site of a Dilmun garden that could point to the ‘lost paradise of Dilmun’.

Ancient Sumerian texts refer to Dilmun ‘as a pure and sacred place where sickness and death do not exist, a paradise land of sweet waters and green areas all around’.

Excavation work at the Jumaa Farm in Maqabah village has uncovered a Dilmun-era garden, which contains 335 square-shaped basins connected with small water canals beneath Tylos hill.

Soil samples have been taken from these basins and will be used to study the type of vegetation and plants grown there.

This is the first discovery of a Dilmun garden in Bahrain.

Shaikha Mai bint Mohammad Al Khalifa, President of Bahrain Authority for Culture & Antiquities, said the garden was one of the most important discoveries made this year.

She added that this finding is in line with the legends and myths around the ‘lost paradise of Dilmun’.

Other important discoveries include the discovery of a church or a monastery in Samaheej, dating back to the eighth century.

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