Saudi Arabia starts research initiative in Red Sea to find underwater historic sites
(MENAFN) The Heritage Commission of Saudi Arabia is starting a massive study project that will comb hundreds of kilometers of the Red Sea seeking submerged historical sites.
More than 25 underwater cultural heritage sites in the Ras Sheikh Humaid, Duba, al-Wajh, and Umluj areas are to be surveyed and documented as part of the "Survey of Underwater Cultural Heritage in the Red Sea from Umluj to Ras A-Sheikh Hameed Project," according to the commission. Important artifacts will also be recovered, and samples will be collected for analysis.
The initiative will also carry out a comprehensive underwater search from Umluj to Ras Al Sheikh Hameed to look for submerged ships and other objects in collaboration with King Abdulaziz University and the University of Naples in Italy.
With the use of archaeological labor equipment and tools, it will also endeavor to recover any items that might be vulnerable to harm and locate any wreckage.
The project's objectives include producing nautical maps, mosaic maps, pictures, and videos of the sunken sites as well as recording a marine sonar survey with undated coordinates of submerged heritage sites using GPS along a 400-kilometer region of the Red Sea. With the aid of sonar and sound waves, the data will be gathered and examined.
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