Harireh

Top choice archaeological site

in Kish Island

This splendid archaeological site comprises the remains of a large house with private qanat (underground water channel), a public hammam and a congregational mosque. It was originally positioned next to a busy commercial port; across the road, you can still see access stairs cut into the rocky cliff, as well as rock-cut wells and channels that were part of workshops producing date nectar, once one of the island’s major exports. Harireh is an easy bicycle ride west of the port.

Artefacts found during excavation of this settlement indicate that it was established around AD 1000, occupied 120 hectares and was abandoned around 1600. Its residents made their living mainly through fishing and pearl diving.