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Presentation of the documentary “Saruq Al Hadid. A treasure under the desert sand” at the Spain Pavilion.

Presentation of the documentary “Saruq Al Hadid. A treasure under the desert sand” at the Spain Pavilion.

Last Wednesday, March 16, the documentary Saruq Al Hadid. A treasure under the desert sand was presented at the Spain Pavilion. 

Spain and the United Arab Emirates showed at the Spain Pavilion at Expo 2020 Dubai the result of their archaeological collaboration in a documentary. The event took place at 10.00 am in an event organized by the Embassy of Spain in UAE whose objective was to show to all the pavilion public the Spainish-Emirati collaboration in the field of archaeological research.

The presentation was also coordinated by the University of Seville, the Ministry of Culture of the Regional Government of Andalusia, the Government of Dubai, the Dubai Municipality, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Spain Pavilion.

This is a compilation of the work carried out at the Saruq Al Hadid site (Dubai) to commemorate the 20th anniversary of its discovery. Among the works presented are the last two campaigns directed by Myriam Seco and Eduardo Ferrer, professors at the University of Seville (US). In these interventions it became evident that in Saruq Al Hadid metallurgical activities of great importance have been developed, reaching to elaborate weapons, religious objects and jewelry.

The documentary Saruq Al Hadid. A treasure under the desert sand narrates the joint project between archaeologists from the University of Seville and the Dubai Municipality. It is a historical documentary that places on a map characterized by the commercial dynamism and international relations of the region the Emirati archaeological site, where the traffic of metals are the main protagonists along with other raw materials and manufactured products that historically put in contact Mesopotamia, Luristan in Iran, Egypt and the Indian Ocean.

The presentation of the archaeological documentary was followed by a round table discussion with the participation of Myriam Seco, professor of the Department of Prehistory and Archaeology of the University of Seville. 

The debate that followed the presentation was attended by various professional archaeologists from Spain and the United Arab Emirates, such as Bader Mohamed Abdulla Al Ali, Manager of Studies and Antiquities Section of the Municipality of Dubai; Mark Hunt Ortiz, Professor of Prehistory and Archaeology at the University of Seville; and Francisco José Ager Vázquez, Professor of Applied Physics at the University of Seville, among others.

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