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Heritage Commission Registers 59 New Archaeological Sites in Saudi Arabia

The Heritage Commission recently announced the registration and documentation of 59 new archaeological sites in Saudi Arabia. This brings the total number of registered sites in the National Archaeological Register to 8,847 across the kingdom. Tabuk Region tops the list with 22 sites, followed by Al-Jawf with 14, Jazan with 6, and other regions with varying numbers.

The registration process is based on the bylaw of antiquities and urban heritage issued by Royal Decree No. (M/3) on 9/1/1436 AH. The commission's goal is to explore, record, and preserve archaeological and historical sites in the country. By dropping these sites onto digital maps, the commission ensures easy management, protection, and preservation. A spatial database is also being built to archive documents and photographs of Saudi Arabia's heritage sites.

The commission encourages citizens to report any newly discovered archaeological sites through the platform 'Balagh'. It acknowledges the efforts of citizens and emphasizes their role in reporting sites by cooperating with the commission's offices and branches across the regions. By working together, the commission and citizens play a vital role in preserving and caring for the national heritage.

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