Archaeology and Heritage

Two men kneeling on sandy desert ground using small tools to expose archeological remains at Al Zurbarah, Qatar

From Bronze Age settlements to medieval palaces, 19th-century forts, villages, towers and mosques, the archaeology and conservation team excavate, restore and protect the parts of Qatar that flourished long ago.

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Pushing the Field

Our archaeology and architectural conservation departments manage, conserve, protect and enhance archaeology and archaeological practices in Qatar.

To support progress in the archaeology field more generally, we invite conversations with the international community. We regularly welcome specialists from other parts of the world, hold conferences and engage in international cooperative projects.

Visitors to our sites are introduced to the historical heritage of the region.

Faisal Abdulla Al Naimi, Director, Department of Archaeology, Qatar Museums

We design activities at our visitor centres that urge interaction and get residents excited about our discipline. We place special focus on school groups and have partnered with UCL Qatar to introduce archaeology degree programmes to university students. These will open up possibilities for locals with an interest in the subject to get involved in the safeguarding of Qatar’s cultural heritage.

Our archaeology team works in other parts of the world too, sharing knowledge and experience. This helps us enter broader dialogue about the discipline and extends the influence of our research. One of these projects, the Qatar-Sudan Archaeology Project, aims to develop research and protect heritage in the Republic of Sudan.