Qatar Museums holds workshop for GCC archaeologists
20 Mar 2017 - 0:29
Qatar Museums (QM) yesterday kicked off its second training programme for GCC archaeologists and museum professionals at the Museum of Islamic Art (MIA) titled “Techniques of Making Weapons in the Stone Age”.
Running until March 23, the training programme centers on the history of human settlement in the Gulf, dating back to the prehistoric period, by exploring the different uses of weapons and their importance in tasks including self-defense and food preparation.
In his welcome address, Ali Jassim al-Kubaisi, Chief Archaeology Officer at QM, said: “Programmes such as these are vital in developing the capabilities of GCC archeologists, as it will enhance their knowledge and unify their efforts in preserving the region’s heritage and scientifically document it for coming generations.
“Studies have shown us findings from the Arab Peninsula that date back thousands of years. Through archeological missions, a lot of remains have been found on the Arab Gulf coast and inside the Peninsula itself. Among these findings, were Stone Age tools and weapons, which prove that the Arab region was occupied during the Stone Age. Therefore, exploring these tools reveals many aspects about our ancestors’ lifestyles and allows us to carefully document an important part of history.”
The five-day programme, which includes various lectures and activities, is delivered by Faisal Abdullah Al Nuaimi, QM’s Head of Archaeology. It covers the different weapons and tools used in the Gulf in the prehistoric period, including their uses, how to identify and categorise them, and how to classify the raw materials used to make them. It also includes training on making different types of weapons and tools, soft and hard forging, trimming through forging or pressing, and how to make the most important tools, including axes, arrowheads and blades. In addition to the discussions, participants will visit and explore archeological sites across Qatar.
“Techniques of Making Weapons in the Stone Age” was launched as part of QM’s commitment to implement the recommendations that were the result of the 16th Meeting of Archaeology & Museums Undersecretaries, held in Doha in 2015. The programme aims to enhance the mutual corporation between archeology and museum professionals in the GCC, and encourages collaboration that will help preserve the history of the Gulf.
This initiative falls in line with QM’s goals to honour the traditions of the past whilst embracing the future.