The Saudi Kingdoms Institute, which is concerned with archaeological research and conservation studies in the Al-Ula governorate, revealed an important archaeological discovery in the northwest of the kingdom, consisting of huge, super-complex stone structures called “rectangles”, which are classified much older than previously thought.
The study and conclusions related to the discovered structural structures are subject to further analysis and have also been published in “Antiquity”, a prestigious international journal whose contents are subject to close review by experts in this field.
Preserving AlUla’s legacy
Prince Badr bin Abdullah bin Farhan, Governor of the Royal Commission for Al-Ula, said: “In line with the Kingdom’s vision 2030 to preserve more than 200,000 years of human history in Al-Ula, the Kingdoms Institute represents our commitment to preserving Al-Ula’s cultural heritage, as a global center for knowledge and research, and taking care of discoveries. It also provides new job opportunities for the people and residents of Al-Ula and strengthens the Kingdom’s role in preserving human history. ”
The Kingdoms Institute embodies a scientific center specialized in archeology research and means of preservation, and works extensively on the study of the history of the Arabian Peninsula and prehistoric times, as this region constitutes a crossroads linking the continents of the ancient world, which would bridge the gaps around the secrets of the natural and human history of the region.
And based on the role of Al-Ula and its historical importance in cultural exchange and trade on an international level, the Kingdoms Institute will become an academic center, a cultural platform for knowledge and exploration, and one of the pillars of the cultural structure of the region within the framework of the design vision “A Journey through Time” launched by the Crown Prince and Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Royal Commission for Al-Ula Governorate Mohammed bin Salman, early this month.
The Kingdoms Institute, which was announced earlier this month, launched as part of the projects of the Royal Commission for Al-Ula Governorate, which in turn undertakes intensive research programs throughout the region, with the aim of expanding knowledge of the province’s human history, and previous archaeological missions will contribute to forming the intellectual basis that The institute is based on it, as a global center for archaeological research and means of preservation.
The doors of the permanent headquarters of the Kingdoms Institute will be opened to its first visitors by 2030, and it will take the form of red sandstone as an architectural structure, thus mimicking the huge building patterns of the Dadan civilization.
The Royal Commission for Al-Ula estimates that the institute will receive 838,000 visitors annually in 2035 at its permanent headquarters, which covers an area of 28,857 square meters, in the Dadan area of Al-Ula.
Although the actual permanent headquarters of the institute is still in the planning phase, it has been practicing its activity as an effective research institution since the establishment of the Royal Commission for Al-Ula Governorate, where more than 100 specialists are practicing in the effects of exploration, surveying and conducting relevant studies throughout Al-Ula, through Seasonal fieldwork. At the same time, the institute’s group of researchers is registering a remarkable increase.