IRAQ - URUK
ALIPH is committed to concrete and sustainable initiatives to protect the richness and diversity of the world’s cultural heritage
Earthen Architecture Course
Al Ain, United Arab Emirates and Manah, Oman
In an effort to curb the destruction and disappearance of earthen structures worldwide, including in the Middle East and North Africa, an Earthen Architecture Course was conducted at the end of 2018 by the Getty Conservation Institute in collaboration with the Department of Culture and Tourism of Abu Dhabi. The twenty participants from North Africa, Levant, Gulf countries and southwest Asia learned practical methods for the preservation of earthen buildings and archaeological sites.
The Dhamar Museum Recovery and Documentation Project
The Dhamar Museum, one of Yemen’s largest and most important regional museums, was heavily damaged during conflict. The Council of American Overseas Research Centers (CAORC) will recover, document, and shelter the Museum’s collections, while also securing the site from remaining hazardous debris and collapsed rubble. Next, the operator will start the recovery of the estimated 6,000 objects still buried under its debris. Recovered objects will be catalogued and securely stored, and a local rapid response team will be trained with support from CAORC and the Smithsonian Cultural Rescue Initiative.
Documenting Yemeni-Built Heritage at Risk
The outstanding value of Yemen’s historical cities has been recognized globally with the inscription of Sana’a, Zabid, and Shibam on the World Heritage List. This unique heritage has been severely damaged by conflict. As a response, French and Italian teams are collaborating with Yemeni authorities on the documentation and assessment of the urban treasures of Yemen. The Centre Français d'Archéologie et de Sciences Sociales (CEFAS)and Iconem (France) will use 3D technologies to digitize and document endangered urban centers. Monumenta Orientalia (Italy) will implement detailed architectural assessments targeting classified heritage buildings.