Yemeni Heritage Recorded: Digitization and Assessment of Endangered Traditional Urban Centers
Yemen’s historical cities, such as Sana’a, Zabid, and Shibam, have been continuously inhabited from the first millennium BCE and preserve, among others, unique examples of decorated high-rise earthen buildings, religious and military architecture, and Islamic urban planning. Their outstanding value has been recognized by being inscribed on the World Heritage List. This unique heritage has been severely damaged by conflict, and more recently by extreme weather events related to climate change. To support conservation of these important monuments, and to facilitate heritage management, the Centre Français de Recherche de la Péninsule Arabique (CEFREPA) and Iconem (France) are deploying advanced 3D technologies and providing on the job training to create a record of Yemen endangered urban centers. This project is being implemented in close partnership with Monumenta Orientalia under the initiative "Documenting Yemeni-Built Heritage at Risk."