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Documentation of Heritage Sites in the Arab Region
3 - 14 January 2010


ATHAR partners

  • ICCROM (International Centre for the Study of the Preservation and Restoration of Cultural Property)
  • The Government of Sharjah, United Arab Emirates:
    • Sharjah Department of Information and Culture
    • Sharjah Museums Department
    • American University of Sharjah
    • University of Sharjah
  • DGCS Directorate General of Development Co-operation, Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs

With the additional support of

  • ALECSO (Arab League Educational, Cultural and Scientific Organization)

Duration: 2 weeks (3 -14 January 2010)

Place: Sharjah, United Arab Emirates

Twenty-two heritage professionals from different academic and professional backgrounds, from Iraq, Lebanon, Morocco, Mauritania, Oman, Palestine, Syria, United Arab Emirates and Yemen.

The overall aim was to establish and develop qualifications, and build capacities among conservation professionals in the Arab Region. This specialised course was a follow-up to the ATHAR Programme Core Regional Courses, which have taken place over the last years. It sought to enhance the applied knowledge in architectural records, inventories, and information systems for conservation in the Arab region, providing a basic understanding of how to make and manage documentation, and make informed decisions that ensure the protection of cultural heritage sites.

This interactive course consisted of both theoretical and practical components which took place in the classroom, laboratory and applied work carried out on cultural heritage sites which complemented the work carried out in the classroom.

Main achievements
Participants acquired a critical approach to the documentation and conservation of heritage sites in Arab countries by familiarizing themselves with:

  • concepts of documentation and information gathering, recording and heritage information management;
  • activities, methodologies and tools for recording, documentation, inventories and information management;
  • integrating documentation in the site management process;
  • addressing recording practice based on specific case studies;
  • topographic, GPS, photogrammetric, and 3D laser scanning techniques, and archival research (historic, archaeological, structural, condition);
  • notions of ‘inventory’ as the core element of information systems to be able to establish links between the various aspects and fields relating to architectural documentation processes;
  • principles, design and management of records in data base systems (GIS) and methods to process architectural records and related information.
  • promoting discussion among specialists in these fields;

Member States represented: Belgium, Egypt, France, Italy, Iran, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, Oman, Saudi Arabia, Spain, Syria, United Arab Emirates.


updated on: 20 January, 2011