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Sharjah Archaeology Museum

April 3, 2012

Posted by Kanga.

Our local vacation included a visit to the Sharjah Archaeology Museum.

showcase displaying ancient shell jewellery

The museum presents the history of Sharjah from the stone age up to 611 A.D. The museum is nicely arranged, fully bilingual, and multi-media. An audio tour is available and worthwhile.

diorama of an ancient house

Each time period includes a diorama showing a typical abode.

small golden figure

It is always amazing to see how delicate the gold work was in early times.

showcase displaying carnelian jewellery

In addition to shells and pearls, carnelian was a common component of jewelry.
petroglyph of a bull under a crescent moon

There are many petroglyphs in the Hajar Mountains. The stones develop a red pateena. Chipping this red layer off is a fairly easy way to leave behind art. The above image is a bull tied to a post under a crescent moon. The crescent moon is a common image in area petroglyphs.

bronze bracelets and shell beads and rings

These ancient metal bracelets are very similar to those used not too long ago.

metal sculpture of a man holding a bird

The two parts of this sculpture of a man holding a bird were found on two separate occasions and reunited here.

small mother of pearl carvings

Mother of Pearl gathered along with pearls was used in these carvings.

tiny gold buttons and beads

These gold decorations were amazingly small.

We recommend the museum. It is very well done, very educational, and well worth your time.

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