QM launches second training session for GCC archaeologists at MIA

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The second training programme for GCC archaeologists and museum professionals was launched by the Qatar Museums (QM) on Sunday at the Museum of Islamic Art (MIA).

The programme, titled “Techniques of Making Weapons in the Stone Age” will go on until March 23, focusing 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.

Ali Jassim al-Kubaisi, the chief archaeology officer at QM, highlights that 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, as reported by The Peninsula.

Faisal Abdullah Al Nuaimi, QM’s head of Archaeology will be presiding over the the five-day programme, comprising of various lectures and activities.It would also discuss the different 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. 


A training session would also be held to make 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. 

Participants will also visit and explore archeological sites across Qatar.

It may be mentioned that QM has launched this programme as per its commitment to implement the recommendations that were the result of the 16th Meeting of Archaeology & Museums Undersecretaries, held in Doha in 2015.

It seeks to improve mutual corporation between archeology and museum professionals in the GCC.