Archeologists: 1st Saudi Archeology Convention … an important breakthrough in the antiquities awareness

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Archeologists: 1st Saudi Archeology Convention constitutes is an important shift in the awareness on antiquities
A number of archeologists recently emphasized that, the 1st Saudi Archeology Convention represents an important breakthrough to bring about a new paradigm shift and an important opportunity for publicizing the Kingdom's archaeological research, the efforts of scientists and researchers in various disciplines.  It will provide a space for scientific debate on the aspects multiple archaeological studies and various civilizational issues related to exchange of experiences among elite archeologists from all across the world.  

Noting that the establishment of the Forum under the umbrella of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques Cultural Heritage initiative in cooperation with a number of State institutions, reflects the social responsibility of SCTH towards the members of society in all its segments, and a measure of plans and objectives, the strategy that SCTH has sought to achieve since its inception.

Highlighting latest developments in Archeology:

Chief of Department of Archeology at King Saud University, Dr. Mohamed bin Sultan Al Otaibi, in this context said, that the forum will constitute an important opportunity for highlighting the latest developments in archeology, adding that it will provide a great opportunity for exchange of experiences especially as it will be attended by high-profile archeologists from all over the world besides the Saudi and Arab archeologists.   

Al Otaibi further said that, the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques Cultural Heritage Initiative, under which the forum will be held, is an ambitious and important program and it has been offering great support to the national heritage in the Kingdom.
 
Transforming Antiquities into a Social Responsibility:

Member of the Faculty of Tourism and Antiquities College, King Saud University, Dr. Meshlah Al Merekhi, in this context said, “The forum is an important event and reflects great attention towards our history and cultural heritage and it will constitute a strong start for the future scientific symposiums for highlighting our history and cultural identity at the national and international levels.  He was referring to the patronage of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, King Salman bin Abdul Aziz (may Allah protect him) to the Forum as a major support that would create significant impact in transforming the issue of archaeological monuments into a social responsibility that will help to sensitize people and strengthen their national affiliation as well as educate Younger generations about the importance of the antiquities. 

Dr. Al Merekhi praised the efforts of the SCTH, represented by the Custodian of Two Holy Mosues’ cultural heritage initiative, under which the Forum is held, noting the great efforts made by SCTH to preserve the antiquities of the Kingdom through archaeological surveys and excavations in many archaeological sites in different parts From the kingdom, together with its efforts in developing national tourism, and making it an important economic sector.

Raising awareness on the importance of antiquities:

Member of the Faculty of Tourism and Antiquities College, King Saud University, Dr. Abdullah Al Sharkh, in this context, “The Forum will contribute to the sensitization people on the importance of antiquities, as well as in correcting misconceptions about the nature of archaeological discoveries and their cultural significance, noting the importance of  highlighting the latest developments in archaeology research in the kingdom, as well as the efforts of archaeologists and researchers, offering a fine opportunity to discuss the various aspects of archaeological studies and cultural issues in the Kingdom.

“Patronizing the forum by the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, King Salman bin Abdul Aziz (may Allah protect him) constitutes a major support to the efforts of SCTH in the light of its great experience in the history of the Kingdom and its cultures, which will serve the objectives of this forum”.  

Cooperation of public departments:

SCTH will organize the Forum under the umbrella of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques Cultural Heritage Initiative in cooperation with King Abdul Aziz Dara, the Ministry of Interior, Ministry of Municipal and Rural Affairs, Ministry of Education, Ministry of Culture and Information, as well as a number of relevant public administrations.

The Forum aims to document and highlight the efforts of the country's leadership as well as government institutions and individuals in taking care of the kingdom's antiquities throughout history, highlighting the Kingdom's historical and cultural depth at the national, regional and international levels, emphasizing on the contributions of pioneering generation, whether they are individuals or organizations in the field of antiquities.  It will create a platform for the concerned people and specialists on the sector related news and developments and to transform the issue of antiquities into a social responsibility.

Scientific Conference:

The scientific conference will present technical papers covering all the historical periods from the prehistory to the end of 14th century Hijri - 20 Century AD.

Conference Themes will include Prehistoric antiquities, Ancient Rock Art, Trade and Hajj routes, Antiquities of the Arabian Peninsula before Islam, Antiquities of the Islamic eras, Architecture and Arts, Sunken Antiquities, Islamic ancient writing ancient Islamic writings, and the oral heritage sites.

In addition, several workshops will be organized to discuss specific issues in the field of antiquities including ; modern techniques in the field of archaeology, restoration, rehabilitation and development of archeological sites, role of media and citizen in raising awareness on the importance of antiquities, preservation of antiquities (regulations, legislation, rehabilitation, development, scientific research, and international experiences), counterfeiting of antiquities and alleged treasures, national identity and heritage, and antiquities and the future. 

In addition, several workshops will be organized to discuss specific issues in the field of antiquities including modern techniques in archaeology, restoration, rehabilitation and development archaeological sites and the role of the media and citizens in raising awareness of the importance antiquities, preservation of antiquities (regulations, legislation, rehabilitation, development, scientific research, and international experiences), counterfeiting of antiquities and alleged treasures, national identity and heritage, and antiquities and the future. 
Launch of projects:

The Forum will see the launching of a number of projects and publications, including the digital records of rock inscriptions and drawings, Al Fau research books, Al Rebza books, and new versions of scientific publications of scientific theses (33 books), the last four editions of the Saudi Antiquities Yearbook (Atlal) (24,25, 26, 27), in addition to the book presenting Saudi antiquities, the book of civilizational dimension, the register of antiquities, the archaeological relics register, the Red List of antiquities, Antiquities, Museum and Urban Heritage Fund.
 
Historical and Heritage exhibitions:

The Forum will witness the establishment of a number of exhibitions, including the historical photo exhibition, the archaeological pioneers exhibition, exhibition of antiquities specialized books, the recovered antiquities exhibition, archeological discoveries exhibition, a photo exhibition of the Roads of Arabia exhibition, in addition to display of a number of documentary films and publications on the national heritage.


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