Shuwaikh Island

Shuwaikh Island (Arabic: جزيرة الشويخ), also known as Akkaz Island, is a former island of Kuwait within Kuwait Bay. The former island is now joined to Kuwait's Shuwaikh industrial area as an extension via land bridge and therefore no longer exists as an island.

Shuwaikh Island is located in Kuwait
Shuwaikh Island
Shown within Kuwait
Shuwaikh Island is located in Near East
Shuwaikh Island
Shuwaikh Island (Near East)
Coordinates29°21′16″N 47°54′35″E / 29.35444°N 47.90972°E / 29.35444; 47.90972Coordinates: 29°21′16″N 47°54′35″E / 29.35444°N 47.90972°E / 29.35444; 47.90972 (approximate)

The area is an archaeological site with pieces dating back to 2000 BC spanning various civilizations such as the Parthian, Sassanid, Hellenistic, Seleucid, Dilmun, Nestorian Christian and Abbasid Caliphate.[1][2][3][4] In 224 AD, Kuwait became part of the Sassanid Empire. At the time of the Sassanid Empire, Kuwait was known as Meshan,[5] which was an alternative name of the kingdom of Characene.[6][7] Akkaz was a Partho-Sassanian site; the Sassanid religion's tower of silence was discovered in northern Akkaz.[1][2][8] In addition to Partho-Sasanian settlements, Akkaz also contains ancient Christian settlements.[2][9][3] Characene coins were also discovered in Akkaz.[10]

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  1. ^ a b Gachet, J. (1998). "Akkaz (Kuwait), a Site of the Partho-Sasanian Period. A preliminary report on three campaigns of excavation (1993–1996)". Proceedings of the Seminar for Arabian Studies. 28: 69–79.
  2. ^ a b c "Tell Akkaz in Kuwait.", The Journal of the American Oriental Society
  3. ^ a b Connan, Jacques; Carter, Robert (2007). "A geochemical study of bituminous mixtures from Failaka and Umm an-Namel (Kuwait), from the Early Dilmun to the Early Islamic period". Jacques Connan, Robert Carter. 18 (2): 139–181. doi:10.1111/j.1600-0471.2007.00283.x.
  4. ^ "Kuwait's archaeological sites reflect human history & civilizations (2:50 – 3:02)". Ministry of Interior News. Archived from the original on 2021-12-21.
  5. ^ Bennett D. Hill; Roger B. Beck; Clare Haru Crowston (2008). A History of World Societies, Combined Volume (PDF). p. 165. Archived from the original on 3 December 2013. Centered in the fertile Tigris- Euphrates Valley, but with access to the Persian Gulf and extending south to Meshan (modern Kuwait), the Sassanid Empire's economic prosperity rested on agriculture; its location also proved well suited for commerce.{{cite book}}: CS1 maint: bot: original URL status unknown (link)
  6. ^ Avner Falk (1996). A Psychoanalytic History of the Jews. p. 330. ISBN 9780838636602. In 224 he defeated the Parthian army of Ardavan Shah (Artabanus V), taking Isfahan, Kerman, Elam (Elymais) and Meshan (Mesene, Spasinu Charax, or Characene).
  7. ^ Abraham Cohen (1980). Ancient Jewish Proverbs. ISBN 9781465526786. The large and small measures roll down and reach Sheol; from Sheol they proceed to Tadmor (Palmyra), from Tadmor to Meshan (Mesene), and from Meshan to Harpanya (Hipparenum).
  8. ^ "LE TELL D'AKKAZ AU KOWEÏT TELL AKKAZ IN KUWAIT" (PDF). p. 2. Archived from the original (PDF) on 30 December 2013.
  9. ^ "Christianity in the Arab-Persian Gulf: an ancient but still obscure history", Julie Bonnéric
  10. ^ Julian Reade, ed. (1996). Indian Ocean In Antiquity. p. 275. ISBN 9781136155314.

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