The first in-person training workshop organised as part of the BIAA-led Safeguarding and Rescuing Archaeological Assets (SARAA) Project was held from 3rd – 5th February across three venues in Beirut: Citea Apart-Hotel Conference Hall, Lebanese University Headquarters and the National Museum of Beirut.
More than 40 people attended the training, including professors of archaeology and architecture from different universities across Lebanon, representatives of the Lebanese Armed Forces, NGO workers and volunteers, representatives of the National Library and National Museum, and representatives of the Directorate General of Antiquities.
All participants received both paper and digital copies of the project’s newly developed Arabic-language training materials, which were adapted from the SARAT training materials with added examples and case studies from Lebanon.
Participants were selected based on their capacity to use the materials to train others in basic cultural heritage emergency response, for example, in regimental army training and as part of university courses. The event was highly successful, and will facilitate the training of future-professionals far beyond the project’s lifetime.