Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Hili Archeological Park Series: The Hili Grand Tomb

Yesterday's temperature was very conducive for outdoor clicking. It was sunny but the wind was cool. Actually, I was coughing the whole day but I didn't mind it. I seldom find time for clicking nowadays because of my night duties and with the kids around, I am quite busy. Well, so much for that. Let me 'take you' to Hili Archeological Park. Located at Hili District, at a distance of about 10 to 12 kms from Al Ain Town Center. I'll be doing this in series because of loads of information that I have to read.

For today's post, let me start with Hili Grand Tomb, a reconstructed collective tomb which is the largest monument in the UAE in terms of size of the stones used. Its size is about 12 meters in diameter and 4 meters high with two entrances which are decorated with human and animal relieves. The tombs belong to the Umm an-Nar culture, a bronze age culture that existed from the second half of 3rd millennium BC. This culture is known for their circular tombs characterized by well fitted stones and usually with multiple human remains including some objects and  personal items. If you will look at the second image, you will find the most important depictions which are the Arabian oryx, an animal indigenous to the region. While looking at the object carved on the stone, it reminded me of Al Ain National Museum. Click here and here if you wish to be taken to my posts about the museum wherein I've posted images of the pottery and stone vessels that they have discovered inside the Hili tombs. By the way, the Al Ain National Museum logo was taken from the tomb's motif.

In 1965, the tomb was excavated by Danish archeologists. I have browsed several sites to find out who led the group to no avail. It was reconstructed in 1973-1975 by an Iraqi Team under the direction of the former Department of Antiquities and Tourism, now part of the Abu Dhabi Authority for Culture and Heritage.

As much as I would like to check out its interior, I know that it isn't possible because it is well 'guarded' with fences that covers the whole area. Anyway, I have considered myself lucky that I have seen and photographed this tomb.

Hili Tomb front view
images of human and Arabian oryx carved on the stone

one of the two entrances and yours truly

P.S. You may find that the images are quite pixelated when you enlarged them because of resizing. I have some difficulties uploading them with my current browser.

Source of information: Abu Dhabi Authority for Culture and Heritage, Al Ain National Museum, and some readings from the internet.

Edited as of July 2011: the Hili Grand Tomb photo was published in Seyaha, the Abu Dhabi Tourism Authority's stakeholder magazine , Issue #8 page 25.


  1. Ok ang libingan nyan,nice p0st sis very imf0rmative.... Dito di me pwedi magpicture ng t0mb ayaw ni yay0 masama daw hehe...sis,sumesexy ka!love it! weekend getaway @ kenting

  2. What an amazing find. Must have felt great to travel through time. Please have a good Tuesday.

    daily athens

  3. what a neat find, and so close to home.

    it is the season for cough and colds and flu.

    take care.


  4. Oh, yes, what a great find it is, Misalyn! Love your photos! Thanks for sharing them and the information! Terrific post for the day! Hope you have a wonderful week!


  5. I like the color of the stones against the blue sky. Interesting that the animal carvings look large compared to the human forms. The large hole in the door is fascinating also.

  6. This is such a fascinating and educational post! Thanks, Misalyn!

  7. Interesting and informative post. Thanks.

  8. It is wonderful how much we can learn by sharing our worlds through blogging.
    Thanks for sharing, Misalyn.

    be well, be happy and have a blessed week.

  9. yikes, that's a real tomb?! ^0^
    and quite a unique structure too.


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