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RIYADH: The Heritage Commission held a workshop on archaeological surveys and excavations on Monday to discuss survey and excavation projects with partners from universities, organizations and government agencies.

The workshop in Riyadh included a presentation of the annual report on exploration projects and a discussion of future exploration and excavation plans.

Abdullah Al-Zahrani, director general of the commission’s antiquities sector, told Arab News: “This workshop aims to present our archaeological fieldwork that we conducted in Saudi Arabia last year and earlier this year. We hope to end it with some of the latest findings and discoveries from our archaeological efforts in Saudi Arabia.”

He added: “The Heritage Commission is currently collaborating with various Saudi universities, including King Saud University, as well as other Saudi colleges and commissions specializing in archaeology. We would like to thank all our partners for their excellent work at archaeological sites and for working with the Heritage Commission to share knowledge and insights on Saudi Arabia’s history.”

The Heritage Commission’s 2030 Plan for Archaeological Surveys and Excavation Projects was developed in collaboration with national and international universities, as part of their cooperation with entities such as the King Abdulaziz Foundation for Research and Archives, the Royal Commission for AlUla, the Diriyah Gate Development Authority, the Jeddah Historic District Program, regional development authorities, royal reserves, the NEOM Project, the Red Sea Project and others.

According to the presentation, 72 scientific initiatives marked the culmination of the Heritage Commission’s surveying and archaeological excavation work.

In 2023, 1,556 archaeological sites were registered in the National Register of Antiquities. In addition, 1,900 stone structures were documented throughout the Kingdom, discovered in different locations, sizes and shapes. In addition, 7,600 rock facades were recorded and those with drawings and inscriptions were documented.

Paola Pesaresi, senior director of heritage conservation at the Diriyah Gate Development Authority, expressed her admiration for the commission’s work.

“The Heritage Commission is doing a wonderful job. I was extremely amazed by the various presentations and gained insight into the efforts being made at the national level. The Kingdom is revealing its history from north to south and we are just one part of this ecosystem, which is remarkable. With support, cooperation, collaboration and collaboration, the Heritage Commission plays a huge role in this.”

Pesaresi added: “Cultural heritage is mentioned with its own word because it represents wealth for future generations. We pass it on from our ancestors to the future and that is our task.”

“It’s a legacy that will help people understand their past and present. And find their way into the future. That’s why it’s such an important aspect of our work. And this country is growing rapidly.”

“But,” she said, “we must ensure that we do not lose anything in the process, because this is the property of future generations and not our own.”

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