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Saudi Arabia sets up a center for underwater cultural heritage

Saudi Arabia sets up a center for underwater cultural heritage

The CEO of the Saudi Heritage Authority, Dr. Jasir Al-Harbash, revealed the start of the work of establishing a specialized center for the protection of the underwater cultural heritage in the Red Sea and the Arabian Gulf.

This center will work to discover underwater heritage sites, as well as build capacities in the field of underwater cultural heritage by developing national cadres in the field of archaeological diving.

He stressed that the waters of the Red Sea and the Arabian Gulf still harbor many secrets about Saudi Arabia’s cultural heritage, and it is hoped that the center will contribute to discovering and introducing these secrets.

This came during a press conference held at (KAUST) to talk about the implementation of the field plan for surveying the submerged heritage in the Red Sea.

25 underwater archaeological sites monitored

The Heritage Authority indicated that the project, which began on July 13 and will continue until September 5.

it comes in cooperation with King Abdulaziz University, with the participation of an Italian team from the University of Naples.

  During the project, the area between Ras Sheikh Humaid and the wreck of the sunken ship in Umluj will be surveyed, and more than 25 specific sites will be monitored along the survey path.

Photometric technology

The authority confirmed that it will work on photographing the entire site using high-quality 3D photogrammetry.

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