RELEASE: AlUla World Archeology Summit announces an excellent list of speakers and guests for the inaugural event

ALULA, Saudi Arabia, Sept.

RELEASE: AlUla World Archeology Summit announces an excellent list of speakers and guests for the inaugural event

ALULA, Saudi Arabia, Sept. 1, 2023 /PRNewswire/ -- The AlUla World Archeology Summit has announced a distinguished list of Saudi and international speakers and delegates for its inaugural edition, which will take place at AlUla from September 13-15.

Experts who will be among the more than 80 speakers at the Summit include:

From KSA: Manal AlDowayan, visual artist; Dr. A.S. Jasir Alherbish, CEO, Saudi Heritage Commission; Prof. Daif Allah AlTalhi, Professor Emeritus of Archaeology, University of Hail; Prof. Suleiman Altheeb, Professor Emeritus of Ancient Arabic Writings and Languages, King Saud University.

From abroad: Prof. Shadreck Chirikure, Edward Hall Professor of Archaeological Science, University of Oxford, UK; Jyoti Hosagrahar, Deputy Director, World Heritage Center, UNESCO; Prof. Zeidan Kafafi, Emeritus Professor of Archaeology, Yarmouk University, Jordan; Prof. Toshiyuki Kono, Emeritus Professor of International Private Law, Kyushu University; Dr. Gary Martin, founder and advisor, Global Diversity Foundation; Dr. Denise Pozzi-Escot, Director, Pachacamac Site Museum, Peru; Timothy Whalen, Director, Getty Conservation Institute; and Dennis Wuthrich, founder and CEO of Farallon Geographics, USA.

Other luminaries scheduled to appear at the Summit include Bettany Hughes, the British historian and presenter of numerous documentaries on ancient history, and Levison Wood, the world-renowned explorer, writer, and photographer who has written eleven best-selling books and produced several acclaimed documentaries. the criticism.

In total, the Summit will include over 300 attendees, who will address a variety of topics aimed at inspiring visionary, heritage-based solutions to contemporary issues across all sectors. Examples of roundtable topics include "Archaeology Weaves an Interconnected World" and "Saving Archeology One TikTok at a Time."

The Summit is an initiative of the Royal Commission for AlUla (RCU), which is leading the comprehensive regeneration of AlUla as a world leading destination for cultural and natural heritage. Archaeological research and conservation are cornerstones of the project, which aims to attract 2 million visitors a year to AlUla by 2035.

Dr Abdulrahman Alsuhaibani, RCU's Executive Director of Archaeology, Conservation and Collections, said: "The AlUla World Archeology Summit is generating great interest around the world, with speakers spanning the globe from the US and Australia to Jordan and Japan. We invite you to share knowledge on the four Summit themes: identity, ruined landscapes, resilience and accessibility. Your presence aligns with AlUla's legacy as a crossroads of civilizations, where people have exchanged ideas from far and wide ."

Delegates will also take part in excursions to AlUla's key heritage sites, many of which are also undergoing active archaeological excavations. Although AlUla is best known for the Nabataean tombs of Hegra, the first UNESCO World Heritage Site in Saudi Arabia, since 2018 project teams have recorded thousands of archaeological sites in AlUla and Khaybar. Archaeological research institutions, universities and companies from KSA and around the world are expected to explore more sites in the region.

This autumn there are 11 projects conducting fieldwork throughout AlUla County and neighboring Khaybar, involving between 150 and 200 archaeologists and associated specialists, making it one of the most active archaeological research initiatives in the world.

The Summit will take place in AlUla's spectacular Maraya multi-purpose venue, which holds the Guinness World Record for the largest mirrored building (9,740 glass panels).

Key learnings from the Summit will be shared publicly after the event, along with selected video highlights. Visit for more information and to view the full list of speakers.

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About the Royal Commission for AlUla

The Royal Commission for AlUla (RCU) was established by royal decree in July 2017 to preserve and develop AlUla, a region of exceptional natural and cultural importance in northwest Saudi Arabia. RCU's long-term plan outlines a responsible, sustainable and sensitive approach to urban and economic development that preserves the area's natural and historical heritage while establishing AlUla as a desirable place to live, work and visit. This encompasses a wide range of initiatives in archaeology, tourism, culture, education and the arts, reflecting the commitment to deliver on the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia's Vision 2030 priorities of economic diversification, empowerment of local communities and heritage preservation. .

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