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Archaeology proposed as a subject in schools

posted on 18/04/2001: 1810 views

The three-day International UAE Archaeology Conference, which ended on Tuesday, recommended introducing UAE archaeology as a subject in schools and educational institutions and training national cadres in the field. The participants also decided to hold the conference regularly. They also called for enhancing co-operation between Arab archaeology institutions and departments and exchanging experts.

The conference recommended launching a science magazine to publish reports and researches related to the archaeology field in the UAE and the Gulf region. The participants also hailed President His Highness Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan's keen desire to preserve the region's heritage and history. The participants sent cables of thanks and gratitude to Sheikh Zayed, Their Highnesses the Supreme Council Members and Rulers of the emirates and hailed their nationalistic stances towards Arab and Islamic issues and for their keen desire to preserve the country's heritage and history, which are part of the history of Arabs and Muslims.

In a session held on Tuesday morning and chaired by Donald Howley, British commissioner to the UAE from 1958 to 1961, work papers were presented by a number of experts, including Dr Geoffrey King and Peter Hellyer who spoke on Islamic archaeology in the deserts of the Abu Dhabi emirate.

Other experts who presented their work papers included Prof. Tatsuo Sasaki and Dr Hanae Sasaki from the Kanazawa University of Japan, Prof. Jennifer Price of the Durham University, Dr Hussein Qandil from the Dubai Museum and Dr Daniel Hull all of whom presented work papers on various topics of interest on archaeological findings and discoveries in many parts of the country.

In another session chaired by Dr Mourad Ramah, director of Centre Tunisia, Kairawan, Dr Mark Beech of the York University in Britain, talked about the development of fishing in the UAE from the archaeological point of view, presenting a lot of evidence from archaeological excavations. Others who presented their work papers in this session include Dr Henrike Kiesewetter from the Tubingen University of Germany, Dr Chris Mosseri-Marlio from London and Dr Phillip Iddison from Al Ain. (The Emirates News Agency, WAM)


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