QSAP Honors Archaeologist Charles Bonnet
05 آذار/مارس 2014
The Qatar-Sudan Archaeological Project affiliated with the Qatar Museums Authority (QMA) organized a ceremony on March 5th, 2014 in the Museum of Islamic Art to honor Mr. Charles Bonnet, a renowned Swiss archaeologist. The ceremony was held on the occasion of Bonnet’s fiftieth year of work in Sudan through which he was exploring the country’s ancient civilizations.
The Qatar-Sudan Archaeological Project includes excavation and restoration work, as well as preservation of Sudan’s archeological heritage, in addition to training sessions by international archeology professionals for young archaeologists in Sudan and Qatar.
His Excellency Sheikh Hassan Bin Mohammed Al Thani, QMA Vice Chairman and President of the Qatar-Sudan Archaeological Project’s joint committee, attended the ceremony and welcomed Charles Bonnet in Qatar. HE Sheikh Hassan, in his speech, valued Mr. Bonnet’s efforts in uncovering the great civilizations in Sudan. He also praised his role as a member of the project’s scientific committee.
Mr Abdullah Al Najjar, CEO of the Qatar-Sudan Archaeological Project, stressed on the importance of honoring this prominent archaeologist. He said: “This project is considered the first of its kind in the history of archeology. We seek through this project to highlight Qatar’s interest in developing and preserving the great heritage of this part of the Arab world.”
Present at the honoring ceremony were a number of attendees interested in archeology and heritage, in addition to Sudanese Ambassador to Doha Mr. Yassir Khidir, Qatari Ambassador to Khartoum Mr. Rashid Abdul Rahman Al-Naimi, and Dr Salaheldin Mohamed Ahmed, prominent archaeologist and general coordinator of the Qatar - Sudan Project. Dr Ahmed praised the major scientific achievements of archaeologist Charles Bonnet with whom he worked for several years on uncovering “Kerma”, the largest Nubian archaeological sites.
Dr SalahelDin Ahmed also stressed on the importance of the Qatar-Sudan Archaeological Project to ensure a better future for Sudan's history. Dr Ahmed added: “The most important example of this approach is the plan of the Qatar-Sudan project’s team to restore and preserve the pyramids of Sudan under the auspices of His Excellency Sheikh Hassan and supervision of archaeologist Professor Thomas Leisten. The plan aims to protect the pyramids against environmental factors such as wind erosion and sand accumulation and develop their sites for sustainable tourism that will serve local communities. It also includes training programs for young Sudanese and Qatari archaeologists and technicians. "