Antiquities and Museums Directorate, Wathiqet Wattan Sign MoU on Documenting Syrian Archeological Heritage

The General Directorate of Antiquities and Museums (GDAM) signed on Wednesday a  Memorandum of Understanding  MoU with Wathiqat Wattan prject at the Shamiea  Hall in Damascus National Museum with the aim of documenting  the Syrian archeological  heritage.

The MOU  provides for cooperation between the two sides to document, through a team of specialized professors and experts, the Syrian tangible and intangible heritage and acts of vandalism caused to this heritage by the terrorist war on  Syria.

Dr. Bouthaina Shaaban, Presidential  Political and Media Advisor and chairwoman of the Board of Trustees of Wathiqat Wattan organization, underscored  that the MoU will enable the organizatio to carry out its duties in document the Syrian antiquities and the destruction to which these antiquities have been exposed due to the brutal war waged on Syria.

 Dr. Shaaban pointed out that the aim of Wathiqat Wattan project is not only to inform the Syrians of what had happened to the Syrian antiquities over the past years of the savage war on Syria, but also to translate it into living languages after obtaining information about that  through testimonies from people who had lived the war.

Shaaban made it clear that "this step is necessary because it enables us as Syrians to write a history that resembles us because it is written by our hands without distortion or falsification". She referred to the negative role played by the misleading media which has falsified facts and created a virtual world based on lies and fabrications over the years of the war in order to distort our history and present".

Dr. Mahmoud Hamoud, Director General of Antiquities and Museums confirmed that the oral heritage and the Syrian cultural memory are very rich, which requires documenting them .

 He made it clear  that the Directorate works to document the tangible antiquities of more than ten thousand Syrian archeological sites, with many other elements that can be documented as they constitute the living  memory of Syria.

Dr. Hamoud stressed the importance of  Wathiqat Wattan project’s initiative to take care of the Syrian and the Arab heritage in general, which is subject to destruction and looting by the Zionists, who falsely attribute many of the heritage’s elements to them. He indicated that these elements will all be documented within the project with the aim of preserving and protecting the cultural heritage for future generations.

It is worth mentioning that the Wathiqat  Watan organization was established in June 2016 and is concerned in oral history with the aim of preserving  and documenting  the national memory.

Wathiqat Wattan’s future plans seek carrying out national strategic documentation projects.

Rawaa Ghanam

 

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