National Geographic : 1979 Sep
Today the island's most startling features are the clusters of burial mounds embossing its desert landscape. South of the village of Sar, I visited a party of scholars excavating some seventy of the tombs, and spoke with Dr. Moawiyah Ibrahim, a Jordanian ar chaeologist leading the Bahrain Depart ment of Antiquities expedition. "Oil-company aerial photographs have shown there are more than 100,000 mounds," Dr. Ibrahim said. "This makes it the world's biggest ancient burial ground." I tagged along with Bruno Fr0hlich, a Danish physical anthropologist, as he care fully recorded some recently opened graves with his camera. In the distance a herd of camels grazed, but the early morning desert silence was broken only by the squeaking of wheelbarrows and the scraping of archae ologists' trowels. In one stone chamber he An alert falcon awaits the commands of Ali bin Hassan, falconer to the emir.