Qatar Museums presents results of QSAP initiative
30 Aug 2017 - 2:16
Qatar Museums (QM) presented the results of the Qatar-Sudan Project for the Development of Nubian Archaeology of Northern and Nile States (QSAP) during a recent conference in Khartoum organised in cooperation with Qatar Fund for Development and the Embassy of Qatar in Sudan to highlight Qatar’s support for the country.
The QSAP is a joint initiative between QM and the National Corporation of Antiquities and Museums of Sudan for the preservation and development of Sudan’s heritage sites, including the World Heritage sites of Meroe and Jebel Barkal. The project is also supported by the Qatar Fund for Development.
Now in its fifth year, the QSAP has delivered long-lasting, positive impact by enabling long-term research and excavation, facilitating access to state-of-the-art technologies, increasing accessibility to the sites for the local population and supporting the development of skills and expertise amongst academic institutions.
As part of the QSAP, QM is currently funding 42 missions from 25 institutions and 13 countries involved in the excavation and conservation of archaeological sites that date from the prehistoric era.
Ali Al Kubaisi, Acting Chief Archaeology Officer at QM, said:“Sudan’s rich cultural heritage deserves attention. In addition to supporting research and preservation, the QSAP was designed with accessibility for the local community and ownership by this population in mind to help engage the people of Sudan in preserving the sites and finding sustainable ways of increasing tourism. As a country, Qatar has a strong commitment and interest in celebrating and preserving cultural history, heritage and traditions and putting people in touch with their past. Our work with the QSAP is the embodiment of that vision.”
This unprecedented investment, which has surpassed the financial backing received by the prominent UNESCO-led “Campaign to Save the Monuments of Nubia,” has allowed a step change in the way research, preservation and education are carried out around Sudan’s historical landmarks.
Typical archaeological missions last between five and seven weeks due to funding restrictions.
Today, as a result of the funding offered by the QSAP, local and international missions are able to work for up to three months, recruiting additional experts and undertaking innovative and cutting-edge technologies, including 3D modelling, photography and sophisticated anthropological survey techniques.
All these activities are supported by the dissemination of research results, the digitisation and cataloguing of archival documents that have not previously been accessible to researchers in Sudan and universities abroad, and the presentation of information to the general public, including university students, to build local capacity in Sudan.