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Public Art from another Era


Our teams of researchers at Al Zubarah, including the University of Copenhagen and the University of Exeter who work with Qatar Museums, have found 15 drawings etched into plaster on the walls of the old buildings.

The ancient graffiti looks like it depicts large ocean vessels that were commonly used in the Gulf and Indian Ocean for trade. The discovery is yet an other indicator of the trading importance of Al Zubarah in the 18th and 19th centuries, and the relationship that residents had with the sea.

Other artefacts found at the site of Al Zubarah in the past include 18th century coins and ceramics from China, pottery, and diving weights. You can see some of the findings at the visitor centre.

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