Photograph of the Central Archaeological Area and main fortress's south facade taken from the south
Central Archaeological Area Information
Since the mid-1950s, the Central Archaeological Area has been subject to archaeological excavations and research into its many different temporal periods. During these investigations, most of the different layers of the site were explored (Early Dilmun, Middle Dilmun, Late Dilumn, Tylos, Islamic). More recently, since 1989, a French Mission has been working to complete the restoration of a very significant architectural complex within the Central Archaeological Area known as the "Assyrian Palace" or "Palace of Uperi", dating to Middle and Late Dilmun Phases. In addition, the Central Archeological Area has also provided evidence of later occupation (Islamic Periods) in the form of domestic construction, though very few aboveground remains have been preserved. In general, archaeologists and conservationists have treated this Central Archaeological Area with utmost care. Post-excavation conservation and consolidation works started immediately after excavation seasons, utilizing stringent efforts to retain form, material, and setting authenticity. The consolidation work in general was all done in gypsum, to keep with the original character of the site. Currently, there is a simple, nonintrusive pedestrian paved path that goes around this area at its upper level.