SCTA signs three agreements with German scientific organizations in antiquities area

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Under the patronage of His Royal Highness Prince Sultan bin Salman bin Abdul Aziz, President of SCTA, the Commission signed three agreements with German scientific organizations and research centers, on Wednesday, 25th January.

The signing of three agreements came on the sideline of the opening of the exhibition of the "Saudi Archeological Masterpieces through the Ages", which was inaugurated last Wednesday and continues for three months.

The agreements were signed on behalf of SCTA by His Excellency Dr. Ali bin Ibrahim Al Ghabban, Vice-President of SCTA for Antiquities and Museums, and by the respective representatives of the German scientific organizations and research centers.

The first agreement was concluded between SCTA  and Berlin Free University. On behalf of the university the agreement was signed by Dr. Hans Giebel.  According to it, the Saudi-German team to conduct archeological survey in Al Rrajajeel Site in Al Jouf province, studying old environment in the province, studying patterns of economic transformations in the traditional communities and their social impacts in addition to studying formations of architectural facilities.

The second agreement was concluded between SCTA and Philipps University, Marburg. On behalf of the university the agreement was signed by Prof Wenferd Heald. The agreement paves way for a joint cooperation between Saudi and German research teams and experts to conduct archeological survey on off shore sunken antiquities in west coast of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, besides lifting wreckages of old ships, drawing initial map for archeological sites, making visual and photographed record of sunken antiquities, as well as the surveyed findings to be documented and registered in GIS system's database.

The third agreement was made by SCTA and German Rock Drawings Study Center. The agreement was signed by Dr. Thomas W. Yirol. The agreement provides joint cooperation between Saudi and German archeologists in the field of documentation of surveys of ancient rock drawings on sites in central of Saudi Arabia through analytic and scientific researches in anthropology, natural history and related areas.