Season Four Archive Report – Fuwairit Building Recording

Origins of Doha and Qatar Season 4 – Fuwairit building recording archive report

The historic village of Fuwairit, located directly to the south of Fuwairit archaeological site, contains a number of abandoned buildings dating to the second half of the twentieth century Despite being an important coastal settlement in the centuries preceding Qatar’s unification the details of Fuwairit’s history remain poorly understood as there are few early written references to the site. The historic buildings at Fuwairit preserve a record of the history of the site and represent a unique aspect of Qatar’s history and cultural heritage, contributing to a better understanding of the changes that occurred in the country in the 20th century. In order to record these structures a detailed photographic, written and drawn record of the site was undertaken by the project. The building recording undertaken at Fuwairit complements similar work undertaken by the project previously in Doha. Alongside archaeological survey, excavation and the collection of oral histories this work preserves a record of the site and further informs us of how the state of Qatar developed throughout the 19th and 20th century.

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