The Ambassador of the Republic of Poland in Kuwait H.E. Paweł Lechowicz hosted a scientific conference of the Kuwaiti-Polish Archeological Mission in the embassy premises on 18 November.

Participants attending the conference included representatives of the Polish Centre of Mediterranean Archeology, University of Warsaw, and the National Council for Culture, Arts and Letters (NCCAL) of the State of Kuwait.

Head of mission of the Polish Centre of Mediterranean Archeology, professor Piotr Bieliński gave a lecture presenting breakthrough results of research conducted in 2018 at Bahra 1 archeological site located in Al-Subiyah area.

“A structure recently discovered at this site may be interpreted as a building from the 6th millennium BC. The prehistoric settlement of Bahra 1 is the largest site associated with the Ubaid culture in the Arabian Peninsula that has so far been discovered. Recent discoveries show that this settlement was more developed than any other site from this period known in the Gulf region,” said professor Bieliński.

For his part, Ambassador Lechowicz praised the efforts by the archeologists in pursuing their investigations and awarded professor Piotr Bieliński for the work of his team. The Ambassador also awarded the Director of the Department of Museums and Archeology in NCCAL, Dr. Sultan al-Duweish, for his significant support to the Polish archeologists, and expressed his hope that relations in various fields between Poland and Kuwait would continue to develop.

The Kuwaiti-Polish Archeological Mission was formed in 2007 as a cooperation between the NCCAL and the Polish Centre of Mediterranean Archeology, University of Warsaw. It began its work in Northern Kuwait in the fall of 2007 and Polish archeologists have been conducting excavations in Bahra 1 settlement since 2009, in addition to initiating several other projects in Kuwait, such as on Failaka Island.

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