IRAQ - URUK
ALIPH is committed to concrete and sustainable initiatives to protect the richness and diversity of the world’s cultural heritage
Sudan Memory: Conserving and Promoting Sudanese Cultural and Documentary Heritage
Sudan's rich and vast documentary heritage is held in collections around the country, capturing cultural practices and traditions, and documenting historical movements. The Sudan National Film Archive, for instance, is one of the largest of its kind in the continent. The collections from multiple institutions will be digitized, including the National Film Archive, the National Museum, the University of Khartoum in Sudan, and the National Archives in South Sudan. A digitization hub will be set up in Khartoum and personnel already involved in the project will be trained.
Sudan Archaeological Heritage Protection
The northern and middle Nile Valley, part of today’s Sudan, is home to an archaeological heritage that exemplifies rich architectural traditions, including pyramids, that shaped the region for more than 2,000 years. This project will target approximately seventy sites in this region, including The Island of Meroe, and Gebel Barkal and Sites of the Napatan Region, which are inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List. This initiative will include a topography study to define the boundaries of these archaeological sites and set up physical barriers where needed. A new storeroom will be built next to the National Museum of Antiquities, and awareness raising activities on the importance of cultural heritage protection will be conducted. NCAM will implement the project in collaboration with the French Archaeological Unit of Sudan Antiquities Service.
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.