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Royal visit at Riyadh Exhibition

News Posted on Mon, May 12, 2014 13:34:38

Organizing
(together with the Saudi Commission for
Tourism and Antiquities) the exhibition concerning the joint Saudi-Belgium project in the Al-Ghat
region – National Museum in Riyadh. Opening: 15.03.2014.

15.03.2014: Princess Astrid, the representative of
King Philip of Belgium, visits the archaeological exhibition of the joint
Saudi-Belgian project at Al-Ghat in the National Museum in Riyadh. Upon
arrival, Princess Astrid was welcomed by Prince Sultan bin Salman bin Abdulaziz,
President of the Saudi Commission for Tourism and Antiquities (SCTA) and a
number of officials. Princess Astrid was accompanied by Belgium’s Deputy Prime
Minister and Foreign Minister Didier Reynders.

Princess Astrid, Prince
Sultan bin Salman bin Abdulaziz and Minister Reynders were briefed by Prof.
Joachim Bretschneider on the recent discoveries of the joint
Saudi-Belgian excavation mission at Al-Ghat.

See also:

http://www.nationalmuseum.org.sa/LatestNews.aspx?id=132

http://www.rtbf.be/info/societe/detail_des-belges-fouillent-le-desert-arabe?id=8225208

http://www.spa.gov.sa/English/viewphotonews.php?id=1209742&pic=

https://twitter.com/BelgiumMFA/status/444874970532163584

http://www.saudigazette.com.sa/index.cfm?method=home.regcon&contentid=20140315198617

http://www.scta.gov.sa/en/mediaCenter/News/MainNews/Pages/z-t-1-16-3-14.aspx



Al-Ghat excavations 2014

Excavations Posted on Mon, May 12, 2014 13:24:19

The
second study season in the Al-Ghat region was conducted between the 1st
and the 18th of March 2014. The project works under the aegis of the Saudi Commission for Tourism
and Antiquities, Riyadh and the University of Leuven, Belgium.

The
project is directed by Mr. Mohammed Ali Alsalouk and Joachim Bretschneider. The Belgian team
consisted of Prof. Joachim Bretschneider, Prof. Philip Van Peer, Nicolas Kress,
Greta Jans, Anne-Sophie Van Vyve, Dave Geerts, Marjolein Van der Waa, Shanah De
Boeck en Ellen Van Belle.

Looking
for early human activity, some areas like the Wadi Markh, were extensively
surveyed. Several excavation quadrants were opened on Jebel Markh and Qurayy as Sumur and these sites were topographically documented.

Lithic
artifacts from Jebel Samar and Jebel Markh

At
work at the Jebel Markh