Upon launching the showroom of the Ancient Al-Jawf kingdoms Monuments, Al-Iryani stresses "the antiques prove that Yemen civilization dates back to 2000 BC"
At the opening of a Sana'a National Museum-based showroom of the monuments of the ancient kingdoms of Al-Jawf, which was funded and supervised by the Social Fund for Development and UNESCO, the Political Advisor to the President, Dr. Abdul-Karim Al-Iriani praised the this achievement and added, "The contents of this room has undoubtedly proved that Yemen civilization dates back to 2000 BC, and that the displayed antiquities are very important proving that our civilization was as ancient and advanced as those civilizations of Mesopotamia and the Nile Valley, and that the Yemeni people has an ancient history and does not date back to the 7th century BC as widely circulated."
The ceremony was attended by the Presidential Adviser for Antiquities Dr. Yusuf Abdullah, Minister of Culture Dr. Mohammed Abubaker Al-Maflahi, the Chairman of the National Documentation Center Qadi Ali Abu-Arijal, Governor of Al-Jawf Hussein Hazeb and Undersecretary of the Ministry of Tourism Mutahar Taqi, and a number of officials, ambassadors and members of the diplomatic corps in Sana'a. Mr. Al-Iriani warned of the underway operations of sabotage, destruction and smuggling of antiquities in Al-Jawf, Marib, Bayhan and other areas that are prone to a lot of devastation that damage the history of Yemen.
The Iryani indicated to the economic and cultural impacts of neglicting antiquities, adding "our monuments are being destroyed and looted and sold in the markets of Europe, if not dozens, hundreds, and most of them come from archaeological sites in Al Jawf, Marib and Bayhan, Asilan. And I hope this initiative of Social Fund comes as a driving force for all of us to work to protect the national monuments and to excavate and search for them in order to display them to the public and the whole world.
For his part, the Secretary General of the National Museum in Sana'a Abdul Aziz Jindari stated that this project was the fruit of intensive joint efforts between UNESCO and the Social Fund for Development and implemented by the technical team of the National Museum, that began in 2004 with a prompt response by the SFD.
The project began by registering, documenting, restoring and maintaining the subject antiquities and issuing three technical catalogs that included more than 500 pieces of antiquities with a relevant simplified study in Arabic, French and English. The final stage was equipping the showroom that now become hosting a group of the most beautiful and rarest monuments such as the throne of King Alam Hilal Wegeh, who lived in the mid-eighth century BC and the other inscriptions written in Almathabi language (referring to Wadi Mathab that passes Al-Jawf) and other monuments. The project also included data entry for 3600 monuments in the database as well as the set up of a website for them in the Cairo-based UNESCO Regional Office.
The showroom includes a collection of monuments and statues made of terracotta and a range of pottery and a bronze and wooden tombstones and pieces of stone of the offering tables and slaughter tables as well as columns of a major temple in Al-jawf that is considered a significant discovery.
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