Abbasid Period village found in Qatar

A joint team of French and Qatari archaeologists is excited about the discovery of a 9th century town, "a remarkable village of 220 houses, two forts and two mosques," buried for centuries beneath the sands of northwest Qatar.

Artifacts found at the site give a glimpse of ordinary Islamic life of the time with "ceramic kitchenware, bronze oil lamps, and shells. Of particular interest are the ceramics which date to the beginning of the Abbasid period.