In 2009/2010 I undertook condition assessment and conservation planning for the Archaeological Park at Hili, Al Ain. This project was part of the RIBA Stage C planning for an ambitious project to transform the archaeological park at Hili.
My involvement comprised the condition assessment / conservation planning for the monuments in the archaeological park (a combination of earth-built domestic archaeology and stone built funerary monuments from the Bronze and Iron Age) in an extraordinary archaeological landscape. The site was originally excavated by a Danish archaeological team in the 1960s, ongoing excavation since then had shed light on the Bronze and Iron Age in the Arabian Gulf.
(these are ‘mudworking’ signs used during ongoing conservation work in Al Ain – a different variation on the ‘mud on the road’ signs seen so recently in the Vale of Pickering)
Al Ain is a fascinating and impressive cultural landscape. It became a World Heritage Site earlier this year as part of a wider serial nomination for the Al Ain Oasis ( Hafit, Hili, Bidaa Bint Saud and Oases Areas).
It is Abu Dhabi’s first World Heritage Site. http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/1343